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May 23, 2013

Historic poet's homestead now open for season

Frost farm opens for the season

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Gleed said many come to take the official tour, but others just wander the wooded grounds.

Many Frost fans in the community support the space with donations, volunteering and upkeep.

Derry Garden Club members oversee a children’s garden at the farm. Local Rotarians also take on farm projects.

Gleed said the farm is in good shape for the season. The house will get a new coat of paint sometime this year and also new windows, but the tradition and style of the home will remain intact.

He said interactive trail signs are in the works so people walking the trails will learn about Frost along the way.

“This is very exciting,” he said. “People come from all over. If the buildings are closed, they will still have something to read on the trails.”

Throughout the summer, the farm hosts poetry readings and lectures on Frost, part of the annual summer literary series. A poetry group, Hyla Brook Poets, meets regularly at the farm.

Visitors planning to take in the entire Frost experience should expect to spend several hours at the farm. A video and display takes about a half hour, then a tour of the farmhouse is offered for a minimal fee. New Hampshire students under age 17 are admitted free.

Nature trails wind around the property and take visitors past familiar locations like “Hyla Brook” and Frost’s “Mending Wall.”

Some people visit to tour the old farmhouse to see how Frost and his family lived, from the soapstone kitchen sink showing the small notches where Elinor or Robert Frost might have sharpened a knife, to a Morris chair where the poet may have relaxed to read or write.

Right now, the farm is open Wednesday through Sunday, but Gleed said the farm will expand its hours of operation to seven days later this spring.

To learn more about the Robert Frost Farm, call 432-3091 or visit robertfrostfarm.org.

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