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Herman Melville's Arrowhead

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Address: 780 Holmes Rd, Pittsfield, MA 01201-7152
Phone Number: +1 413-442-1793
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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We were on an author tour and stopped in here and were surprised by the tidbits we learned about Melville. Interesting dynamics of his relationships and how he lived his life. If... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Lmakey
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Buffalo, New York
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Buffalo, New York
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were on an author tour and stopped in here and were surprised by the tidbits we learned about Melville. Interesting dynamics of his relationships and how he lived his life. If you are an avid literature buff I recommend this stop

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Massachusetts
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

My husband and I visited Arrowhead on October 29. From then until the end of November, it is only open on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. We took the guided tour which was led by a very knowledgeable young man. The first part of the tour consisted of the guide telling us the story of Herman Melville and his family. Then... More 

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Thank Hilltowngal
Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Beautiful set in the Berkshires, Arrowhead was his home when he wrote Moby-Dick and others. According to the guide, Mount Greylock, seen from the house, reminded Melville of a whale & set him to writing his signature masterpiece. House tour will teach you a lot about Melville's life and family, including ties to a Revolutionary War hero. Wonderful tour, beautiful... More 

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Thank Joseph S
Grafton, New York
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We visited Arrowhead yesterday with the fall colors in full bloom. Our tour guide was wonderful, really bringing out the man and connecting it to the place. The grounds are beautiful and the highlight of the tour was standing in Melville's study and looking out the same window he gazed out at Mount Greylock, while he penned his classic Moby... More 

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Thank LakeRecluse
Management response:

Thank you for the positive review and the kind comments about one of our terrific tour guides. The Berkshire Historical Society is privileged to keep Arrowhead open for the public, and we are glad you could visit. Will Garrison, executive director More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

I haven't visited Arrowhead since my younger days. I was pleasantly surprised by the upkeep of the house that I heard so much about. It was clean and inviting. Our tour guide, Allison, also surprised me of the knowledge she has learned having started working there this summer. She did a wonderful presentation!

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Thank Sue R
new jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Full disclosure: we didn't see the inside of the house. When we arrived at the visitor lobby, we learned that the adult fee was $15 each, and the senior rate was $13. Pretty damn steep for 1 house, and (as an example) a lot more than either the Met or the NY Museum of Natural History. We graciously declined the... More 

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Berkshires_Guy, Manager at Herman Melville's Arrowhead, responded to this review

Thank you for stopping at Arrowhead. I'm sure you discovered that even if you don't go inside the house, the free view of Mt. Greylock is terrific. I'm sorry the fee seemed high. Just as a comparison, the other great historic house museums in the area - Edith Wharton's The Mount; Chesterwood; and Ventfort Hall - all charge $18 ($17... More 

Portland, OR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016

Amazing to stand in the room where Herman Melville wrote 'Moby Dick', and to look out the window and see Mount Greylock, which Melville felt looked like a whale emerging from the waves.

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Dover, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Herman Melville's Arrowhead is within 25 miles from Williamstown, Lenox, Stockbridge, and Great Barrington and other nearby towns so it’s conveniently located for most visitors to The Berkshires. This 1780’s five-over-four center-entrance colonial-style farmhouse was adjacent his uncle Thomas’s property which he visited. Melville was taken with the view of Mount Greylock from a side window in the room on... More 

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Leominster, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Arrowhead is an 18th century family home who can tell its own story about the Melville family. But it was unexpected to us that Mr. Melville got his inspiration for "Moby Dick" from looking at Mount Greylock.

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Cheshire, Massachusetts
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35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

I didn't know too much about the author of Moby Dick until I a wonderful tour on a Friday in August with a Docent named Diane H. She was so knowledgeable and articulate! She presented a full time-line while taking us through each of the rooms in the old homestead, right in view of Mount Greylock! The shape of this... More 

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Thank gnaturecenter
Management response:

Hi - Thanks for visiting! I'm so glad you enjoyed your tour with Diane; she is truly a treasure. - Will Garrison, Executive Director More 

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