Herman Melville's Arrowhead, Pittsfield

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Arrowhead is the headquarters of the Berkshire County Historical Society. The house and farm was the home of Herman Melville from 1850 to 1863. While living in Berkshire County, Melville nurtured several close friendships with literary colleagues and fellow authors. It is also where he wrote the seminal novel Moby-Dick and other works of short fiction. The time spent at Arrowhead is known as the most productive period of his life.

A visit today brings guests back to the 19th century to see and experience life as the Melville family knew it. Carefully restored (an ongoing process), Arrowhead is not only a National Historic Landmark dedicated to the author, but also to the history of Berkshire County.
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  • Arrowhead is a gem! Our tour guide Karen brought our tour experience to life with her knowledge and enthusiasm about Melville, ‘Moby Dick,’ and the house. Standing in his study and being with his... 
    Arrowhead is a gem! Our tour guide Karen brought our tour experience to life with her knowledge and enthusiasm about Melville, ‘Moby Dick,’ and the house. Standing in his study and being with his...  more »
  • It's both exciting and nostalgic to look out the same window onto the same fields that inspired Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick. The guided tour, which was excellent, provided a timeline of... 
    It's both exciting and nostalgic to look out the same window onto the same fields that inspired Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick. The guided tour, which was excellent, provided a timeline of...  more »

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