Robert Frost Farm State Historic Site near Manchester, NH is a celebration of the life of one of the nation’s most acclaimed poets. It is located 2 miles southeast of Derry Village, NH. The historic site includes 13 acres of beautiful low rolling hills along with a small brook that flows through the property. The unaltered house and outbuildings takes its visitors back to a simpler time of rolling hills and rows of apple trees in the orchard.
The Robert Frost Farm offers it visitors guided tours of the simple two-story farmhouse, Robert Frost called home from 1900 to 1911. Visitors to the farm can visit the children’s garden or take a quiet stroll along the Hyla Brook Trail. During the summer months the farm is host to a number of readings of Frost’s poetry, and educational lectures on Frost’s life.
Many of the poems that Frost wrote described his time on the family farm. The farmland has gone through significant changes. The large orchard that was part of Frost’s life on the farm was been removed by the last farm owner. A concrete block garage built to accommodate a business on the property has been removed, leaving behind fragments of metal and glass in the soil. The Division of Parks is working to restore the soil quality, as funding becomes available.
Robert Frost wrote many of his poems based on his life spent at the family farm. He was able to vividly paint a picture of his farm life through his poetry he shared with others. For anyone who had never seen an orchard they only had to read Frost’s poem “After Apple-Picking” to understand the special beauty of an apple orchard. Visit the Robert Frost Farm with a book of his poems, and go back in time and share the love of this homestead with the boy sitting by the brook writing vivid poetry.