Robert Frost Stone House Museum at Bennington College Opens for Second Season

The Robert Frost Stone House Museum (Photo by Phil Holland)

The Robert Frost Stone House Museum (Photo by Phil Holland)

The Robert Frost Stone House Museum has re-opened for its second season under Bennington College’s stewardship. During May, the museum will be open Friday through Sunday from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Entrance to the grounds and trails is free. For museum admission rates and summertime hours, visit the website.

The Robert Frost Stone House Museum is celebrating its second season with several activities in May:

  • From May 9 - June 1, Sophia Gasparro ’19 will exhibit (Im)Possibilities of Landscape, an installation of exciting pieces from the Bennington College art collection in the Frost House galleries. An opening reception will be held on May 9 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. The exhibition is included with the regular museum admission; Bennington College student admission is free.

    (Im)Possibilities of Landscape explores representations of landscape, domesticity, and sense of place. This project provides accessibility to Bennington’s unique collection of art, as selected pieces, like Wallace Putnam’s 1959 Horse and Cart and Charles Burchfield’s 1915 studies for paintings, diverge from characteristic representations of Bennington’s collection. This show continues the shared history between Frost and Bennington College, which dates back to the 1930s.

  • On May 15 at 3:00 pm, join Bennington College’s longtime biology faculty member Dr. Kerry Woods as he leads a popular nature walk through the Frost House grounds in the spirit of Robert Frost’s “botanizing walks” with friends. This event is free and open to the public; comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

  • On May 16 at 6:00 pm, Bennington College faculty member and award-winning poet Anna Maria Hong will give a poetry reading. This event is free and open to the public.

    Hong's first poetry collection Age of Glass won the Cleveland State University Poetry Center's 2017 First Book Poetry Competition. Her second poetry collection, Fablesque, won Tupelo Press's Berkshire Prize and is forthcoming in 2019.

  • On May 23 at 5:30 pm, Sydney Lea will give a poetry reading and talk. This event is free and open to the public.

    Lea was Poet Laureate of Vermont from 2011-2015 and founded the New England Review. Lea has received fellowships from the Rockefeller, Fulbright and Guggenheim Foundations and has taught at Dartmouth, Yale, Wesleyan, and Middlebury Colleges. His stories, poems, essays and criticism have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The New York Times, and over fifty anthologies.

About the Robert Frost Stone House Museum
American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963) purchased the Stone House, built c. 1769, in 1920. It was there that he wrote one of his most famous poems "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" in June 1922, and where he was living when he won his first Pulitzer. The young apple orchard on the property was propagated from Frost's own trees planted when he moved to the farm.

The Frost House was officially acquired by the College on December 1, 2017, thanks to a generous gift from the Friends of Robert Frost. The property had been preserved and opened as a house museum fifteen years ago, which was made possible by donations from Peter J. Stanlis, a grant from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, and support from many others. During that time, it welcomed more than 50,000 visitors, scholars, and poets from all over the world.

The gift to the College includes the house, seven acres of property, and two barns. It is a five-minute drive from the College’s campus, and Frost’s grave is nearby in the cemetery at the Old First Church in Old Bennington.

The Frost House will provide enhanced learning and event space for Bennington’s literature efforts, including the Masters of Fine Arts in Writing program; The Bennington Review, the College's literary journal; and Poetry at Bennington, a residency series that brings award-winning poets to campus for readings.

Interested in supporting restoration and programming at the Robert Frost Stone House Museum? Become a member today.

About Bennington College
Bennington College is a liberal arts college in southwestern Vermont that has distinguished itself as a vanguard institution within American higher education. It was the first to include the visual and performing arts in a liberal arts education and the first to integrate work in the classroom with work in the field. To this day, Bennington stands apart in requiring that every student—every winter term—get a job, complete an internship, or pursue an entrepreneurial experience. Bennington students work intensively with faculty to forge individual educational paths around their driving questions and interests.

Notable literary alumni from both the undergraduate and MFA in Writing program include Donna Tartt, Bret Easton Ellis, Kiran Desai, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Pollan, Ann Goldstein, Safiya Sinclair, Anaïs Duplan, Anne Waldman, Mary Ruefle, Cynthia Sweeney, Jamie Quatro; Amy Gerstler, Morgan Jerkins, and Charles Bock.

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