Robert Frost Stone House Museum Opens for Season
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 a.m. to 4 p.m., when there will be several activities going on. ‘Possibilities of Landscape,’ an installation of exciting pieces from the Bennington College art collection, is on view through June 9 in the Frost House galleries. These selected pieces diverge from characteristic representations of the shared history between Frost and Bennington College, which dates back to the 1930s. The exhibition is included with the regular museum admission.
Three events are free and open to the public. On Wednesday, May 15, at 3 p.m., join Bennington College’s longtime biology faculty member Dr. Kerry Woods as he leads a popular nature walk through the grounds in the spirit of Frost’s ‘botanizing walks’ with friends. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. On Thursday, May 16, at 6 p.m., Bennington College faculty member and award-winning poet Anna Maria Hong will give a poetry reading. On Thursday, May 23, at 5:30 p.m., Sydney Lea will give a poetry reading and talk. Lea was Poet Laureate of Vermont from 2011 to 2015 and founded the New England Review.
American poet Robert Frost purchased the circa 1769 Stone House in 1920. The young apple orchard on the property was propagated from Frost’s own trees planted when he moved to the farm. The House was officially acquired by the College in 2017, thanks to a generous gift from the Friends of Robert Frost. The property had been preserved and opened as a house museum 15 years ago, welcoming more than 50,000 visitors, scholars and poets from all over the world. It remains acceible to the public, and also provides enhanced learning and event space for the College’s literature efforts, including the Masters of Fine Arts in Writing program, the College’s literary journal, The Bennington Review; and Poetry at Bennington, a residency series that brings award-winning poets to campus for readings. For museum admission rates and summertime hours, visit bennington.edu/robert-frost-stone-house-museum. Entrance to the grounds and trails is always free. To support the restoration and programming at the Robert Frost Stone House Museum, consider becoming a member.