On a quiet road in New Hampshire sits the rustic farmhouse where iconic American poet Robert Frost penned some of his most celebrated works. The Robert Frost Farm, a State Historic Site, offers visitors a window into the daily life and surroundings that fueled Frost’s literary imagination.
Robert Frost and his family moved to the Derry, New Hampshire farmhouse in 1900 when Frost was just starting his career. The land had previously been his grandfathers. The classic New England landscapes he observed working the land and interacting with neighbors served as inspiration for many of his most beloved poems.
While living at the house Frost authors most of the poems found in two of his books A Boy’s Will and North of Boston. While living at the house, Robert and his wife, Elinor lost their eldest son, four year-old Elliott in 1900 due to influenza. Their other children grew up on the farm learning about agriculture and being taught by their parents. Robert was known to teach the children about botany and astronomy. While their mother Elinor educated the children on reading, writing, geography and typing on typewriter.
This farm inspired Frost even later in his life after he left the farm in 1911. He spoke of the farm location as “There was something about the experience at Derry which stayed in my mind, and was tapped for poetry in the years that came after.”
After the Frost’s sold their beloved farm, they moved to Plymouth, New Hampshire where Robert went on to teach Plymouth Normal School which would later become Plymouth State University. The farm on the other hand, was used as a junk yard beginning in the 1940s. By the time that the state gained ownership of the property in 1964, the home was in utter disrepair and the surrounding farm land was scattered with abandoned and derelict vehicles. The state worked to restore the property for over 10 years back to its previous charm as when the Frost family would have called it home.
Guided tours allow guests to journey back in time as they explore the well-preserved rooms of the farmhouse, along with several workshops dotted around the property. Inside the house, visitors can see Frost’s cozy study where he developed poems and began his successful writing career.
Immerse yourself in Robert Frost’s New Hampshire roots at the farm where his literary talents first blossomed. Wandering the lived-in rooms and work spaces, one can almost hear the scratch of pen on paper as another American masterpiece takes form.
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