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Herman Melville's Arrowhead
Ranked #5 of 28 things to do in Pittsfield
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Closed for the season. Tours will start in May, 2017.
Reviewed October 12, 2013

While large for it's time, the house is small as a destination and you can only see the inside on a tour, so call ahead for the times. We were lucky and joined a tour that had just started. We're not big tour people and usually prefer to go at our own pace through museums and historic sites, but our tour guide Toby was fantastic - young, energetic, funny and incredibly knowledgable. Grounds were small but lovely with beautiful foliage to rustle around in while checking out the large art installations and views of Mt. Greylock. We didn't have time for the nature trail, but was easy to find and looked like a nice walk, weather permitting.

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Reviewed September 28, 2013

Way out on a country road in Pittsfield lies Arrowhead, the home of Herman Melville. They say he wrote "Moby Dick here, however, two other Massachusetts locations, New Bedford & Fairhaven, also claim the same fame. The area is still rather rural in nature, is peaceful and very quiet. The ochre painted home is fairly good size greek revival style farmhouse, common throughout New England. There is a large red barn with farm implements sitting outside. Also, a straw horse and soldier with Brigadier General's stars are sitting close to the house. On the other side of the house is a Civil War recruiting station for the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, a regiment consisting of free colored men, who joined in battle in South Carolina. The first black Medal of Honor winner a Sgt. Carney carried the flag and led the charge during this battle. The grounds are fairly simple, as was the custom of farmhouses of the period. There are picnic tables available on the grounds and considerable parking as well.

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Reviewed September 10, 2013

The old house is certainly worth a look, especially Melville's study with its great view of Mount Greylock, but Arrowhead's great tour guides really fill in Melville's life and the house's history. There is a very good documentary on whaling to watch while you wait for your tour to begin.

Thank BostonElsie
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is a small but beautifully curated exhibit (thanks to photographer/curator Alfred DeMaio). Try to go when Mr. DeMaio is giving a talk. The quality of the prints is outstanding. Glass slides are so sharp. It is interesting to see Pittsfield as it was, and Edwin Hale Lincoln was a photographer of distinction. If you are interested an historical perspective on Pittsfield - or better yet - if you are interested in photography, see this little jewel of an exhibit before it closes in October. This exhibit is free if you elect not to do the house tour.

Thank NYCvet
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

We had the good luck to visit on a day when the head of the museum gave the tour. She was both entertaining and knowledgable. She talked about his life, the time period, the Berkshires, the different books. We were fascinated.

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