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Pioneer Valley

William Cullen Bryant Homestead

Cummington

195 acres

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From its iconic red barn to an elegant allée of maples, this lovely home is testament to the celebrated poet's ideal of living mindfully on the land.

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Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Ideas for Your Visit
  • Admission & Fees
  • Directions
  • Facilities
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories

Overview

The serene vista of the Westfield River Valley served as lifelong inspiration for William Cullen Bryant, who was editor and publisher of the New York Evening Post for many years, and whose meditative verse influenced the 19th-century land conservation movement that included Frederick Law Olmsted and Charles Eliot, founder of The Trustees.

From 1865 until his death in 1878, Bryant summered here at what had been his childhood home—a two-story-farmhouse-turned-three-story Victorian cottage full of Colonial and Victorian pieces from the poet’s family, as well as exotic memorabilia from his extensive European and Asian travels. The Homestead’s pastoral landscape encompasses pastures, fields, woodlands, and a maple sugar bush that has been tapped for more than 200 years.

Ideas for Your Visit

Wander the Rivulet Trail, where an old-growth forest of hemlock and a magnificent cherry tree hugs the Rivulet, a trickling stream immortalized by Bryant’s 1923 poem of the same name.

The Pine Loop features enormous pines that reach heights of 150 feet, among the tallest in the Northeast. When the Homestead is open, guided tours are available.

Admission & Fees

FREE to all.

Directions

207 Bryant Road
Cummington, MA 01026
Telephone: 413.200.7262
E-mail: bryanthomestead@thetrustees.org

Get directions on Google Maps

From Northampton: Follow Rt. 9 West, which will join Rt. 112 South. In Cummington, at the intersection where Rt. 112 South departs from Rt. 9, follow Rt. 112 South up the hill 1.5 mi. to a five-corner intersection. The Homestead is straight ahead.

From Pittsfield: Follow Rt.9 East. In Cummington, at the intersection where Rt. 112 South departs from Rt. 9, follow Rt. 112 South up the hill 1.5 mi. to a five-corner intersection. The Homestead is straight ahead.

Facilities

Picnic tables year-round

Property Map

Free trail map distributed from bulletin board in the parking area. Please understand that supplies periodically run out.

We recommend that you take a photo of the map on your phone so you can refer to it during your visit, or download a trail map before you head out.

Regulations & Advisories

  • Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
  • Photography is not permitted inside the house.
  • Mountain biking is not allowed.
  • Authorized bow hunting, only with written permission, is allowed on this reservation for a limited number of hunters, according to MasssWildlife regulations from mid-October through December each year, from ½ hour before sunrise all day until ½ hour after sunset, Monday through Saturday. Hunting is not allowed on Sundays. Signage is posted at the property listing safety precautions, requirements, and rules for the benefit of all visitors.
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History

The boyhood home of one of America’s foremost 19th-century poets, the William Cullen Bryant Homestead is a National Historic Landmark. William Cullen Bryant, born November 3, 1794, astonished the literary world with the publication of his first major poem at age 13. Most of his poetry drew inspiration from the Cummington countryside surrounding the Homestead.

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This is the home of one of the most famous poets of the nineteenth century, many of whose poems were inspired by the landscape surrounding the house where he lived as a boy and in his later years. Well marked trails take you into old, old forests with some of the tallest white pine trees in the country.

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