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Emily Dickinson's bedroom
Emily Dickinson's bedroom. Photo: Frank Ward/Amherst College

Dickinson Homestead (Amherst)

The home of 19th-century American poet Emily Dickinson is now operated as a museum dedicated to her life and work. She was born here in 1830 and lived all but 15 years of her life here until her death in 1886. Built around 1813 by Dickinson's grandfather, the house was home to three generation of Dickinsons who contributed significantly to the development of Amherst and Amherst College. Guided tours of the Homestead are available. The Homestead was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964.

Originally submitted by: John W. Olver, Representative (1st District).

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