Herman Melville

the Berkshires & New Bedford, MASSACHUSETTS

  • Photo of Herman Melville’s study at Arrowhead.
    On a clear enough day, one can see the long hump of Mount Greylock from the window. Did the “gigantic ghostliness” of a distant and snow-clad Greylock represent the ever-elusive Moby Dick? — Melville’s study at Arrowhead.
  • Photo of grand central chimney at herman Melville's Arrowhead
    The “grand central chimney” at Arrowhead was inscribed by his younger brother Allan years later with text from Melville’s story. — Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • Photo of the Icy Glen — the Berkshires, Massachusetts
    The Icy Glen, one of the few spots in New England where one might encounter snow or ice in the middle of the summer. The Icy Glen was visited by Melville and Hawthorne on that day in 1850 which forever changed Melville’s writing career and life. — the Berkshires, Massachusetts

    “It was a wondrous sight. The wood was green as mosses of the Icy Glen; the trees stood high and haughty, feeling their living sap; the industrious earth beneath was as a weaver’s loom, with a gorgeous carpet on it, whereof the ground-vine tendrils formed the warp and woof, and the living flowers the figures. All the trees, with all their laden branches; all the shrubs, and ferns, and grasses; the message-carrying air; all these unceasingly were active.”
    Herman Melville
    Moby Dick, 1851
  • Photo of cenotaphs at The Seamen’s Bethel — New Bedford, Massachusetts
    The Seamen’s Bethel, a landmark even before Melville’s time. Cenotaphs such as this one were plaintive reminders of sailors lost at sea. — New Bedford, Massachusetts

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Appendix :: Literary Destinations

Herman Melville


780 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA
Phone: (413) 443-1793

Hancock Shaker Village
1843 West Housatonic St.
Pittsfield MA, 01201
Phone: (413) 443-0188

Berkshire Athenaeum
1 Wendell Ave.
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Phone: (413) 499-9496

The Seamen’s Bethel
33 William Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone: (508) 996-4095
Website: www.nps.gov

New Bedford Whaling Museum
18 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone: (508) 997-0046

Melville Trail

  • Herman Melville’s Arrowhead
  • Hancock Shaker Village
  • Berkshire Athenaeum
  • Crane Museum Of Papermaking
  • Tanglewood/ Hawthorne Cottage
  • Mt. Greylock
  • Monument Mountain
  • Park Square

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