Robert Frost Stone House Museum
Please review the State of Vermont's travel policy and restrictions on travel for visitors traveling from neighboring states and beyond. The travel map is updated every Tuesday.
We will have the following precautions in place for the safety of our visitors and staff:
- Limits on capacity: only 4 guests can be in the Museum at one time
- Touch-free temperature checks for all guests prior to entering the house
- Mandatory mask-wearing for all guests and staff
- Sanitizing stations at entry and exit
We are encouraging visitors to make timed reservations during our open hours. To do so, email us at email@example.com or call us during open hours and we will do our best to accommodate you! Walk-in visitors are also welcome, however, there may be a delay in getting in the Frost Stone House because of the capacity requirements. Guests are welcome to explore the grounds and gardens if a wait is required.
We recognize these limited hours may make it hard for some to visit. We are happy to arrange private tours on days that we are closed, for Robert Frost Stone House Museum members only. Members can make reservations to visit on days the Museum is closed by appointment-- just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to schedule. See below to become a member.
121 Historic Route 7A
Shaftsbury, Vermont 05262
Hours and Admission
Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Adults: $10, Seniors and Students: $6, Under 18: $5, Active Duty Personnel and children under 10: free
Support the Frost House
Support the museum and community by purchasing a membership or donating.
Checks—for donation or memberships—should be made out to Bennington College and sent to:
Bennington College–Robert Frost Stone House Museum
c/o Institutional Advancement
One College Drive
Bennington, Vermont 05201-6003
One of the most exciting aspects of the Stone House is the preservation of a Vermont landscape that inspired some of America’s best known poetry. We are continuing to propagate apple trees from original stock while we can, and preserve historic trees, stone walls, and barns on the grounds.Learn more
Vermont Public Radio
"Bennington College To Acquire Robert Frost's Shaftsbury Home"
‘Miles to go before I sleep’: Robert Frost museum reopens
Los Angeles Times
"The road taken by Robert Frost through New England"
Purchasing a membership to the Frost House helps us keep the museum open, preserve the historic grounds and apple trees, and welcome school groups to the house. Benefits include free entry, retail discounts, and student-designed merchandise. Sign up here.
About the Museum
The Robert Frost Stone House Museum is a literary landmark located only minutes away from Frost's gravesite in Old 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 Dutch 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 Robert Frost Stone House Museum participates in the Blue Star Museum program. As such, the museum offers free entrance to active duty personnel Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Exploring the JJ Lankes Gallery
JJ Lankes was an important American woodcut artist and longtime collaborator with Frost. They met for the first time at the Stone House in 1924. Both men felt the representation of rural life was essential to understanding America. The Frost Stone House contains several Lankes prints as well as the custom bookplates he designed for Frost. Read novelist Sherwood Anderson's tribute to JJ Lankes here.
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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, former Frost House Director Megan Mayhew Bergman taught a course on "what and who are writers’ houses for?" centered around the museum.
Teacher and Parent Resources
Map of the Area
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.
The Robert Frost Stone House Museum appointed Erin McKenny as its new director and she assumed the directorship on July 1, 2019. Read the announcement.