Robert Frost Stone House Museum
In December 2017, thanks to a generous gift from the Friends of Robert Frost, the College acquired the Robert Frost Stone House Museum in nearby Shaftsbury, VT. Frost's years in Shaftsbury marked his rise as one of America's great poets; there he won the first of his four Pulitzer Prizes and wrote his iconic poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." Frost was involved in the formation of Bennington College in the thirties, suggesting the use of narrative evaluations. In addition to continuing as an historic house and museum, the College will integrate the Stone House Museum into educational programming and experiential learning opportunities for students in literature, museum work, historic preservation, and environmental studies.
121 Historic Route 7A
Shaftsbury, Vermont 05262
The Museum is currently closed for the season and will reopen in Spring 2018.
About the Museum
The Robert Frost Stone House Museum is a literary landmark located only minutes away from Frost's gravesite in Bennington. Frost resided in the house from 1920 to 1929, during which time he composed many of the pieces that became part of New Hampshire, his first Pulitzer Prize winning volume that included "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening." Frost wrote the poem on a hot June morning in 1922 at the dining room table. The entire room is devoted to this American classic.
The house, built circa 1769, was considered historic even before the Frost period. It is a rare example of colonial architecture made of native stone and timber, and has changed little since Frost's time. The house sits on seven acres and still retains some of Frost's original apple trees.
The museum opened in 2002. It features galleries in the house where Frost lived and in the very rooms were he wrote some of his finest poetry.
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Connection with the College
As a neighbor and a notable literary figure, Frost was in conversations with the founders of Bennington College at its inception. He weighed in on one of the signature elements of a Bennington education, the narrative evaluation.
Reinventing the Frost House
In Fall 2017, Megan Mayhew Bergman taught a course on "what and who are writers’ houses for?" centered around the museum.
Go north on US 7 and take Exit 2. At the end of the ramp, turn right onto Historic 7A. Go 7/10ths mile. Robert Frost Museum on the left just past the Hiland Hall School.
Go south on US 7 to Exit 2. (same as above). If you come down 7A, you must go past Rt. 67 and through the blinking light in South Shaftsbury and up the hill - approx. 1 mile from light.
Go west on VT Rte. 9 to Bennington and then follow directions from Bennington.
From New York
Take the New York Thruway (I-87) to Exit 23. Take I-787 around Albany and exit on NY Route 7 East (Troy/Bennington). Go east on NY 7 to Rte. 279 to US 7 north, then take Exit 2 (Shaftsbury). At the end of the ramp, turn right onto Historic 7A. Go 7/10ths mile. Robert Frost Museum is on the left just past the Hiland Hall School.
From Williamstown, MA
Go north on US 7 through the town of Bennington. Continue on a limited access highway as you leave Bennington. Take Exit 2. At the end of the ramp, turn right onto Historic 7A. Go 7/10ths mile. Robert Frost Museum on the left just past the Hiland Hall School.