LOA Charter Members receive a 15% discount on admission.
Arrowhead was the homestead that provided for Herman Melville, his wife Lizzie, and their children, as well as a host of extended family members. Spanning fifteen acres of mixed pasture and nearly thirty forested acres in Berkshire County, the farm sits on land originally purchased in 1816 by Melville’s grandfather, Thomas Melville, a major in George Washington’s army who later served as Commissioner of Boston and Charlestown Harbor. Melville fell in love with the family farm as a child and in 1860 moved there with his family from New York City. While there he wrote four novels, beginning with Moby-Dick, and fourteen short pieces including “I and My Chimney,” which celebrates the physical construction of the house. Today, utilizing historical documentation as a visual and cultural guide, Arrowhead is preserved in a sustainable fashion to provide food for the community, showcases the lifestyle of the author with many of his own possessions on view, and hosts a robust program of seasonal events, classes, and workshops.