Frost Stone House Museum Welcomes Public to Special Event
The community is invited to celebrate the re-opening of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum on Thursday, May 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. The Museum was acquired by Bennington College last December as a gift from the Friends of Robert Frost, in recognition of the College’s long and lauded literary history. It is located at 121 Route 7A, Shaftsbury, two miles from the Bennington College campus.
This is the public’s first opportunity to see the Frost property under its new stewardship and learn about the College’s future plans for the iconic historic site. In addition to preserving the house for the public, Bennington will be using it as a platform for cross-disciplinary inquiry – for example, exploring the relationship between word and image, or landscape and narrative – and incorporating it into its acclaimed literature and writing programming.
“The Robert Frost Stone House Museum one of the most important historic properties among our region’s many cultural attractions,” said Mariko Silver, president of Bennington College. “We are honored to take it forward and further enrich our region and state with exciting new programs that explore Robert Frost, poetry, the arts, and the spirit of place.”
“I am delighted to celebrate with the Bennington College community the beginning of this new chapter in the history of the Frost Stone House,” said Peter Gilbert, executive director of the Vermont Humanities Council and Robert Frost’s literary executor. “After 15 years as a seasonal museum, the house becoming part of Bennington College is a wonderful development and an ideal and appropriate use for the property. It will be exciting to see how the College uses the House to advance the cause of poetry and the humanities in the years go come.”
The May 3 event will include access to the house and grounds (weather permitting), folk music, tastings of a special brew developed by Brown’s Brewing Company in honor of the occasion, and brief remarks beginning at 4:30 p.m. from Silver and Gilbert, as well as Mark Wundlerlich, poet and director of the Bennington Writing Seminars and
Megan Mayhew Bergman, author and director of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum Research and new work by Bennington College students engaging with Frost poetry and the house, grounds and archives. A lecture, ‘Robert Frost and the Language of Rural Authenticity’ will be held by essayist and critic Stephen Metcalf from 5 to 6 p.m. RSVPs are appreciated but not required at 802-447-6200.