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Herman Melville's Arrowhead
Ranked #5 of 26 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 30 May 2014

There was one other couple on our tour. Our docent, Mary, really knew her stuff. She made everything sound so interesting and was very open to questions. We learned so much about Melville's life and others related to him. Viewing the home and artifacts was also fascinating. Taking a tour when there aren't a lot of people is so nice because you get to see and hear everything very well. You don't miss a thing that way. I'm very glad we visited.

Thank naj12
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Reviewed 13 March 2014

In literary history there's nothing like "Moby Dick." It was written here in a second-story room with a view of a whale-shaped mountain - Mt. Greylock - a vision that can still be seen on a tour of this fascinating house. Try to see it in the morning when the mist still shrouds the view and the angled hill looks like a whale rising from the sea-foam. It's inspiring and breath-taking. Art and history collide in this place. The Berkshires really gave birth to great literature and poetry and being amidst all that is so wonderful.

Thank JPeterB
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

We visited Arrowhead not really knowing much about Herman Melville besides Moby Dick but after taking the house tour we came away with a lot of knowledge about a classic American writer and his life. Our tour guide (John) was very knowledgeable about the Melville family and made the tour very interesting. The tours run every hour on the hour so we had time to wander around the property before the tour started. Lovely areas for a picnic if you want to do that, nice short nature walk and some great views to Mount Greylock. There is nothing spectacular about the house, just your typical house from that time period. There are a few Melville family artifacts throughout the house.

2  Thank Sandra M
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Reviewed 12 October 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.

Thank HappyTraveler01534
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Reviewed 28 September 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.

Thank dave2840
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