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May 23, 2013

Historic poet's homestead now open for season

Frost farm opens for the season

DERRY — When Robert Frost walked the perimeters of his Derry homestead or headed up the road to Pinkerton Academy to teach, he was inspired to translate into words the surroundings that called to him.

Now, more than century later, his farm is a popular summer stop for residents and visitors.

The Robert Frost Farm on Route 28 is open for the season, offering visitors a glimpse into the poet’s life in Derry and the inspiration for a lot of his writing.

In between his duties as a farmer and teacher, Frost walked the land in Derry and often wrote about it. He, his wife Elinor and their four children lived at the farm from 1900 to 1911.

The property fell into disrepair through the years. Piles of rusted cars eventually found their way into the pastures and paths.

New Hampshire’s Division of Parks and Recreation purchased the property shortly after Frost died in 1963.

Frost fans now flock to his farm to see for themselves just what the poet enjoyed the most — a simple life and a delicate connection to its natural surroundings, offering inspiration for some of his most beloved poems.

The farm is a National Historic Landmark. Travelers from all over the world come to this simple spot to tour the house, roam the fields, and traipse through the meadows and tall grasses to somehow feel closer to the spirit of Frost.

For nine years, that is exactly what farm manager Bill Gleed has done.

Gleed, also a published poet, finds solace and inspiration working at the farm.

“I think we are going to have a really good year,” he said. “The lilacs are in bloom and the water’s in the brook.”

Last year, visitors from all 50 states and about 30 countries came to tour the Frost farmhouse and grounds.

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