Herman Melville's Arrowhead is owned and operated by the Berkshire Historical Society, whose offices, headquarters and collections are located on site. The Berkshire Historical Society presents a series of public programming and exhibitions relating to Melville in the context of his life in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Ranging from lectures, socials, exhibits, re-enactments and other special events, the Berkshire Historical Society is committed to its mission of promoting its educational goals to intergenerational audiences.


Tours of Herman Melville's Home
Open Memorial Day thru Columbus Day
Daily hours 9:30 to 4:00
First tour 10:00, last tour 3:00




May 23

Opening day at Arrowhead & "Arrowhead @ 225" exhibit.

Join us as we celebrate the 225th anniversary of the building of Arrowhead. In the barn, explore life in the 18th century through an exhibit of tools and furniture, placed in the context of a period room (from the Timothy Childs House, Pittsfield, recently donated to us by the Berkshire Museum).Friday, Saturday and Sunday, we will have family-friendly programming around a cooking fire, talk about the early settlers, Native American inhabitants and life in thewilderness of Western Massacusetts.

"Something Old, Something New: 200 Years of Berkshire Brides," our
collaborative summer exhibition, opens at Ventfort Hall Mansion and
Gilded Age Museum, Lenox, and Naumkeag with the recreation of a wedding breakfast held there. In collaboration with Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, and Naumkeag, the Berkshire Historical Society will show a variety of gowns and accoutrements from its incredible collection of wedding apparel and all things bridal, spanning the late 18th century through the mid 20th century. These will be displayed in two newly renovated rooms at Ventfort Hall. Naumkeag, the Gilded Age Mansion of the Choate family, now owned by the Trustees of Reservations, will recreate a wedding breakfast held there. At Arrowhead, a gown belong to the Melville family will be on display.

June 14

"I Do! Berkshire Bridal Fashion Show," a fashion show of contemporary gowns and all things bridal. Proceeds to benefit the Colonial Theatre and Berkshire Historical Society. 4 -7 p.m., Colonial Theatre, 111 South Street, Pittsfield. For tickets: (413)997-4444.

July 21, August 18, September 15

"City Plots." Take a walk through Historical Pittsfield Cemetery and meet some famous and meet some famous characters from Pittsfield's colorful past. 6 p.m., Pittsfield Cemetery, 203 Wahconah Street. Tickets may be purchased at the gate, $8.

August 1

Celebrate Herman Melville's 190th Birthday at our old-fashioned Ice Cream Social, featuring food, music, antique croquet and, of cource, ice cream and cake, 2 - 5 p.m., Arrowhead, free admission to grounds.

August 2

Monument Mountain Hike. Take the hike up Monument Mountain that commemorates the historic day in 1850 when Melville and Hawthorne met. In collaboration with the Trustees of Reservations. Meet at the Mounument Mountain parking lot, Route 7, Great Barrington. Call for times. Free.

August 29

Benefit Auction and Tag Sale. Auctioneer Charles Flint. Antiques, great "stuff" and good bargains. To benefit the New Barn Building Fund. Tag sale begins at 10 a.m., auction at 1 p.m., Arrowhead.

October 14 & 15

Free Berkshire Days. House and exhibit free to county residents. Arrowhead.







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