The Frost Place Celebrates 40 Years
The Frost Place will celebrate its 40th anniversary July 21 — 23, 2017 with a series of poetry readings and community events. This summer also marks the centennial of the time Robert Frost lived with his family in the 19th century farmhouse on Ridge Road in Franconia. All events are FREE and open to the public! For planning purposes, we are asking people to register online if they plan to attend. For more information and to register for any of these celebratory events, please go to The Frost Place event calendar.
Highlights of the celebration include:
- Friday, July 21st – Evening poetry readings by Charles Simic and Nikky Finney and community reception at The Frost Place.
- Saturday, July 22nd – Afternoon poetry readings by The Frost Place Latin@ and Pardlo fellows Javier Zamora, Charif Shanahan, Diana Delgado, Willy Palomo, and Gerardo Pacheco.
- Saturday evening performance of A.M. Dolan’s play This Verse Business by Emmy Award-winning actor Gordon Clapp.
- Sunday, July 23rd – Read-a-thon featuring prominent poets, local residents, and children reading Robert Frost poems in the Henry Holt Barn at The Frost Place.
Since its founding in 1977, when the town of Franconia purchased Frost’s former home and the surrounding property, The Frost Place has served as a museum and center for poetry and the arts. The house is open to the public from May to October, allowing visitors to see where America’s most beloved poet lived and worked from 1915—1920. The house also serves as summer living quarters for an annually selected poet-in-residence to work and live in.
A short poetry trail through Frost’s apple orchard and woods behind the house allows visitors to wander from poem to poem. The barn, in which Frost kept his dairy cow and chickens, is open daily as a gift shop and functions as a venue for regular poetry readings in the evenings.
Each summer, The Frost Place holds unique poetry programs allowing attendees to work closely with world-class contemporary faculty-poets. These programs cultivate both poetry education and engaging discussion.
While the landscape has changed since Frost and his family lived there, the front porch view of Mount Lafayette and the Franconia Range is just as stunning. Countless visitors and poets find inspiration in the place Frost once called home.