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Melville’s Pittsfield Estate to be a Farm Again

(Photo Courtesy: Facebook / Berkshire Hist.  Society at Herman Melville's Arrowhead)

(Photo Courtesy: Facebook / Berkshire Hist. Society at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead)

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The Pittsfield estate where Herman Melville wrote “Moby-Dick” will soon be a working farm again.

Pittsfield’s Community Development Board on Tuesday gave approval for a small farm on the 44-acre property known as Arrowhead.

The Berkshire County Historical Society, which runs the site as a museum, says it plans to use about six acres for vegetable and herb gardens and to raise chickens and eventually rabbits.

Executive Director Betsy Sherman says the plan is to practice sustainable agriculture and start a Community Supported Agriculture program with the goal of drawing more visitors to the site.

Sherman tells The Berkshire Eagle the land was farmed throughout Melville’s time in Pittsfield from 1850 until 1863, and beyond.

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com

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