House & Landscape Tours

House tours:  Led by a trained guide, visitors explore the historic rooms of Herman Melville’s Arrowhead, starting at the historic barn, then into the house, ending in Melville’s study.  Tours take approximately 45 minutes.   See Hours and Admission for current hours and fees.


Herman and Lizzie’s bedchamber.

Grounds tour: Self-guided, available daylight hours.  Includes Arrowhead’s Nature Trail.  For a downloadable copy, click here.  Free.  Visitors are welcome to visit the farm, but please stay out of the crops and the chicken coop.

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View over Arrowhead farm towards October Mountain, ca. 1870.


Melville Trail:  In 2012, in partnership with The Trustees of Reservations, the City of Pittsfield, and the Berkshire Athenaeum, the Historical Society updated the Melville Trail. It highlights many of the places in the Berkshires important to Herman Melville.  To learn more, click here.

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Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield.


Pittsfield mills:  Pittsfield has a long and fascinating industrial history. To learn more about the mills and the people who worked there, click here.  Our thanks to volunteer historian John Dickson.

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