These hills have a long history of novelists, poets, journalists and visionaries, and a rich harvest of contemporary ones. Come hear them speak and visit the places where they have lived and worked.
In the photo at the top, Edith Wharton’s books range over the desk in her library at the Mount in Lenox. Photo by Susan Geller.
Arrowhead — Historic house where Herman Melville wrote “Moby-Dick.” House tours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, through Oct. Writer-in-residence program. Grounds open free with walking trails, summer art exhibits, Michael Melle straw sculptures and nature trail. Fun on the Farm summer Mondays for preschool children. Home of the Berkshire Historical Society. 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. 413-442-1793. mobydick.org
Bard College at Simon’s Rock — Fiction and poetry series with visiting novelists, poets and nonfiction writers. 84 Alford Road, Great Barrington. simons-rock.edu
Bennington College — Reading series with visiting novelists, poets and nonfiction writers. 1 College Drive, Bennington, Vt. bennington.edu
Berkshire Festival of Women Writers — Workshops, retreats and talks on themes related to the spring festival. Rookwood memoir writing retreat Nov. 11 to 13. berkshirewomenwriters.org
Bryant Homestead — Boyhood home and later summer retreat of American poet, abolitionist, conservationist and editor William Cullen Bryant. House open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for tours. Rivulet Trail to old-growth trees, fields and sugarbush and stream in Bryant’s 1823 poem. Grounds open free year-round. 207 Bryant Road, Cummington. National Historic Landmark. Trustees of Reservations, 413-532-1631 ext. 3110, thetrustees.org.
Millay Colony for the Arts — Artists in residence, workshops and retreats. 454 East Hill Road, Austerlitz, N.Y. millaycolony.org/workshops.
The Mount — Pulitzer prize-winning novelist Edith Wharton’s house, gardens and grounds with Remix outdoor sculpture show and tours, ”Wharton on Wednesdays,” professional actors perform Wharton’s short stories, Ghost tours, Literary Roundtable discussions, Backstairs tours. Exhibits on Wharton’s writing and life. House and grounds open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with tours through Oct. 31. 2 Plunkett St., Lenox. 413-551-5111, edithwharton.org
Robert Frost Stone House — “Sunday Afternoons with Frost” free talks at the house where Frost lived and wrote “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening.” Museum open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday Sept. 14 to 30 and daily Oct. 1 to 30. 121 Historic Route 7A, South Shaftsbury, Vt. 802-447-6200, frostfriends.org/stonehouse.html
Steepletop — Home of Pulitzer prize-winning poet Edna St. Vincent Millay. Open through to Oct. 14 with exhibit ‘Around the World: The Honeyoon 1924.’ Friday to Monday, house tours 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., garden tours noon and 3 p.m., and exhibits. Nature trail marke with lines from Millay poems. 436 East Hill Road off Route 22, Austerlitz, N.Y. 518-392-3362, millay.org
W.E.B. DuBois Center — Museum of Civil Rights Pioneers at North Stare Rare Bookstore. Hours: weekends, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 684 Main St., Great Barrington; DuBoisCenterGB.org.
W.E.B. Du Bois Homesite — National Historic Site, Boyhood home of the internationally acclaimed Civil Rights leader, scholar, activist and writer known for “Souls of Black Folk” and other works, who was born and raised in Great Barrington and returned there frequently over the course of his long life. Free one-hour guided tours 1 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays from June 6 through Oct.4. Free one-hour guided walking tours of places in downtown Great Barrington associated with Du Bois 3 p.m. Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays June 6 through Oct. 4, meeting at DuBius River Garden Park, Church Street. Half-mile long interpretive trail, open to the public from dawn to dusk, leads to the foundation of his boyhood home and tells the story of his life and legacy. Route 23, just west of Route 71. duboishomesite.org.
Williams College — Fiction and poetry series with visiting novelists, poets and nonfiction writers. Route 2, Williamstown. eilliams.edu
WordXWord — Poetry readings, workshops, story and poetry slams, teen events, free writing workshops yearround associated with week-long summer festival. Local artists and nationally recognized authors and performers. wXw365.org
Writers OMI — Writers and translators in residence at OMI International Arts Center give readings. 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, N.Y., 518-392-4747, omiartscenter.org
Writers at the borders
Emily Dickinson Museum — Emily Dickinson’s family home, tours and poetry. Summer hours Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 280 Main St. Amherst, 413-542-8429, emilydickinsonmuseum.org.
Mark Twain House — Conversations with writers. Writing workshops, book groups, storytelling evenings. Ghost tours and history talks. 351 Farmington Avenue Hartford, Conn. marktwainhouse.org
Columbia County Historical Society — Historic properties include the Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse c. 1850, whose schoolmaster may have inspired the character in Washington Irving’s story; Irving was a friend of Martin Van Buren and lived at the Van Ness home in Kinderhook for about eight weeks in 1809 after the death of his fiancée. He wrote portions of “A History of New-York from the Beginning of the World to the End of the Dutch Dynasty” here. 2589 Route 9, Kinderhook, N.Y. cchsny.org