- Historic Sites
Herman Melville's Arrowhead
Arrowhead, Melville's home in the Berkshires, influenced him greatly in his writing. The view of Mount Greylock from his study window, the one that brought him to Arrowhead, was said to be his inspiration for the white whale in Moby-Dick, which was written by Melville during his time at Arrowhead. He dedicated his next novel, Pierre, to Mount Greylock. His short story, “The Piazza,” begins at Arrowhead and takes a magical journey to the mountain. Arrowhead is now a house museum interpreting the life of the Melville family in the Berkshires.