Robert Frost Stone House and Museum

Robert Frost Stone House Museum

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121 Historic Route 7A                 
Shaftsbury, Vermont 05262

frosthouse@bennington.edu         
(802) 447-6200

 

Hours and Admission

Hours:
May 1-November 1: Wednesday-Sunday, 11:00 am-5:00 pm

Admission:
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. 

The Robert Frost Stone House Museum is pleased to announce its participation in the Blue Star Museum program. As such, the museum offers free entrance to active duty personnel Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Frost House exterior in the summer

Welcoming Visitors

The Robert Frost Stone House and Museum works to keep access to the house and grounds open to the public.

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students working at the frost house

Supporting Student Work

Bennington College prioritizes experiential learning experiences. At the Frost House, students have free admission, and the opportunity to take classes with Director Megan Mayhew Bergman and visiting scholar Stephen Metcalf.

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megan mayhew bergman in the stopping in a snowy woods room

Creating Community

We support the creation of community in several ways, including: keeping our grounds open, supporting local makers and artisans, hosting school groups, and sharing Bennington College's resources.

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Preserving a Historic Literary Landscape

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.

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Programming & Events

We regularly host writers, musicians, and scholars at the Frost House, and offer workshops on mindfulness and writing.

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EVENT

Patriotism in Art: Robert Frost and Ted Shawn

Off campus (see description)
EVENT

Dan Chiasson Poetry Reading & Frost Talk

Off campus (see description)

Recent Press

Vermont Public Radio

Bennington College To Acquire Robert Frost's Shaftsbury Home

"Bennington College To Acquire Robert Frost's Shaftsbury Home"

Associated Press

associated press covers reopening

‘Miles to go before I sleep’: Robert Frost museum reopens

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times the road not taken by Frost

"The road taken by Robert Frost through New England"

Join as a member

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

a snapshot of robert frost with his signature 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.

Interested in taking a closer look at the buildings that comprise the Museum? Students at Bennington College have created a series of 3D models. Additional photos are available for download.

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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History of Lankes' Collaboration with Frost

Scholar Dr. Welford Taylor discusses artist J.J. Lankes' collaboration with Frost.

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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. 

Directions 

Map of the Area

a map of bennington and the surrounding area

 

From Bennington

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.

 

From Manchester

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.

 

From Brattleboro

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.

Megan Mayhew Bergman
Megan Mayhew Bergman
Director, Robert Frost Stone House Museum
call mayhewbergman@bennington.edu

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