Frost Place celebrates 40th anniversary this month

July 11. 2017 11:42PM

Poet Robert Frost was known to send hand-written copies of his poems to friends. One of those poems — “Acquainted with the night” — was sent by Frost to Edith H. Fobes in 1928. (UNION LEADER FILE)

An 1860s Franconia farmhouse, with a sweeping view of Franconia Notch, was the summer residence of Robert Frost for nearly 20 years. (UNION LEADER FILE)

FRANCONIA — The Frost Place will celebrate its 40th anniversary July 21-23, 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 at 158 Ridge Road. The weekend-long celebration is expected to draw many visitors from the local area and the greater New England and Northeast region.

Highlights of the celebration include the following:

• Friday, July 21: Evening poetry readings by Charles Simic and Nikky Finney and community reception at The Frost Place, followed by a cake and champagne toast.

• Saturday, July 22: Afternoon poetry readings by The Frost Place Latin@ and Pardlo fellows Charif Shanahan, Diana Delgado, Willy Palomo, Javier Zamora, and Gerardo Pacheco Matus, followed by a wine-and-cheese reception.

• Saturday evening performance of A.M. Dolan’s play “This Verse Business,” performed by Emmy Award-winning actor Gordon Clapp.

• Sunday, July 23: Robert Frost read-athon featuring prominent poets, local residents and children, to take place 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 one of America’s most beloved poets lived and worked from 1915-1920. The house also serves as summer living quarters for an annually selected poet to work and live in.

A short poetry trail through Frost’s apple orchard and the 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.

Call 603-823-5510 or email with any questions.


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