The Melville Trail

The Melville Trail highlights twelve Berkshire sites that either were important to Melville or are repositories of information about Melville and his life. The sites are Arrowhead, Pontoosuc Lake, the Berkshire Athenaeum and Monument Mountain, all of which display permanent interpretive panels; and Park Square, Hancock Shaker Village, the Crane Museum of Paper Making, Balance Rock in Lanesborough, the Lenox Courthouse, Tanglewood and the Hawthorne Cottage, October Mountain and, of course, Mount Greylock. The Trail was officially opened in October of 2014. A brochure about the trail can be found at Arrowhead and the Berkshire Athenaeum, or HERE

Although Melville’s work belongs to the world, it was the Berkshires that inspired him.