Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Frosty Farm of Robert Frost

Took a recent trek up to the Derry, New Hampshire area and came across the Farm of Robert Frost, a National Historic Landmark.  The great poet and his family owned this idyllic farm from 1900 to 1911. 

Frost's own assessment of his years on the Derry farm can be found in a letter written to Robert Chase in 1952:

"I might say the core of all my writing was probably the five free years I had there on the farm down the road a mile or two from Derry Village toward Lawrence. The only thing we had was time and seclusion. I couldn't have figured on it in advance. I hadn't that kind of foresight. But it turned out right as a doctor's prescription." --(From: Selected Letters of Robert Frost, Lawrence Thompson, ed. New York: Holt, 1964) Ref:  Quote from the Robert Frost Farm website.

If you find yourself in the Derry area, stop by this classic American farmhouse and see where Robert Frost spend ten years of his life, teaching, writing, and farming.  More information, hours, history and directions can be found at the Robert Frost Farm website.