SHAFTSBURY, VT -- Erin McKenny, Director of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum, joined TAPintoTV’s Brian Brodeur to discuss the museum and the lasting legacy of one of America's most celebrated poets.
We know whose woods these were—Robert Frost lived in the home for nine years starting in 1920. The home is located in Shaftsbury, Vermont, and is operated by Bennington College. Prior to being managed by the college, the house was operated by The Friends of Robert Frost, who opened it to the public in 2002. The museum is close to other farmland that Frost owned and only minutes away from his gravesite in Old Bennington, Vermont.
“I find that people come here from near and far, and are moved to be in a house where Frost lived, and particularly a house where he wrote ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’,” McKenny explained.
The house was built in 1769, and when Frost originally purchased it, the property was 90 acres. Today, seven acres of the property are open to the public and include a beautiful orchard and short walking trail. “The orchard is made up of trees that have been grafted from the last remaining Frost apple tree that’s on our property,” explained McKenny. She also revealed future plans for creating a poetry trail, which will include a display of four Frost poems along a path on the property.
Visitors to the museum are greeted by a small library full of books about Robert Frost upon entering, and they can explore the main gallery, which displays a timeline of Frost's life and also highlights information about Frost's family, his time living in Shaftsbury, and even information about his speech at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration.
McKenny’s favorite spot in the house is the room where Frost wrote the poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.” She explained, “In that room, you’ll see a copy of the manuscript, and we also had a local artist paint the poem on the wall.”
McKenny took on her position as Director of the Robert Frost Stone House Museum in July of 2019. “It feels like it’s a wonderful fit for me,” she stated. “Having concerts, workshops, and events here that are open to local folks and members of our community is something that I’m really happy to be a part of.”
The beautiful grounds of the museum close in late fall through winter and reopen each spring. For more information, visit: www.bennington.edu/robert-frost-stone-house-museum