“You'll have to leave home for this!”
The Emily Dickinson Museum is a historic house museum consisting of two houses: the Dickinson Homestead (also known as Emily Dickinson Home or Emily Dickinson House) and the Evergreens. The Dickinson Homestead was the birthplace and home from 1855-1886 of 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson (1830–1886), whose poems were discovered in her bedroom there after her death. THE MUSEUM WAS CREATED IN 2003 when the two houses merged under the ownership of Amherst College. The Museum is dedicated to educating diverse audiences about Emily Dickinson’s life, family, creative work, times, and enduring relevance, and to preserving and interpreting the Homestead and The Evergreens as historical resources for the benefit of scholars and the general public.The Homestead and The Evergreens, with such close ties in the nineteenth century, saw their paths diverge in the twentieth. The Homestead was sold in 1916 to another Amherst family and underwent some modernization. In 1965, in recognition of the poet’s growing stature, the Homestead was purchased by Amherst College and open to the public for tours. It also served as a faculty residence for many years.
Amherst, MA is probably the cutest little town in America. You should definitely visit. Unfortunately, we were driving through on a Monday and the Emily Dickinson Museum was closed (I have now added the hours of operation here so no one else makes that mistake!). Looks like there are two tours to choose from at $12 and $10 a piece for adults, discounts for college students. But, when you visit make sure you walk down Main Street (where the museum is located). The town hall is gorgeous, there is a cute little book store, and I recommend the chocolate mousse at The Black Sheep bakery!
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Emily Dickinson Museum
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