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.

The fireplace featured in Melville’s 1856 short story, “I and My Chimney.”

Grounds Tour: Self-guided, available daylight hours.  Includes Arrowhead’s Nature Trail.  Pamphlet available in our shop.

View over Arrowhead farm towards October Mountain, c. 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.

Melville Trail stop on Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield, MA.


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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