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Description - Robert Frost and his family lived in this simple white clapboard home from 1900-1909. The property remained in their hands until 1911 when they moved out of the area. The land changed owners a number of times. Through the efforts of John Pillsbury, Governor King, Leslie Frost Ballentine (Frost's eldest daughter) and a dedicated group of early trustees and state officials, the property was aquired by the State in 1964. Following 11 years of renovations, Frost's Derry Farm opened for public visitation in 1975. Today, the National Parks Service honors it as national historic landmark. This was accomplished through Stuart Udall, former Secretary of the Interior.

Attractions - The Frost family lived in this simple white clapboard 1880 farmhouse, which rests on 13 acres, from October 1900 to the summer of 1909. Robert Frost raised poultry at the farm until 1906 when he began teaching at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry. He taught there five years and then moved on to teach in Plymouth at the New Hampshire State Normal School.

In 1911, the farm was sold after being rented out for two years. The property changed hands a number of times and at one point served as a used car lot. The house remained, however, became in need of much repair and restoration. Through the efforts of John Pillsbury, Governor King, Leslie Frost Ballentine (Frost's eldest daughter) and a dedicated group of early trustees and state officials, the property was aquired by the State in 1964. Following 11 years of renovations, Frost's Derry Farm opened for public visitation in 1975. Today, the National Parks Service honors it as national historic landmark. This was accomplished through Stuart Udall, former Secretary of the Interior.

Guided house tours, a children's garden, walks along the Hyla Brook Trail, a summer lecture series, and poetry readings on selected Sundays are all available at the park. The Hyla Brook Trail is an interpretive trail with an accompanying brochure. Books and other Frost-related items may be purchased at the Visitor's Center in the barn. Programs are offered to the public at no charge.

As dictated by State law: Visitors are required to keep their pets leashed at all times when the park is open to the public.

Recreation - The Robert Frost Farm grounds are open year-round. The farmhouse and barn are open on weekends from Memorial Day until Columbus Day from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. From late June to Labor Day, the buildings are open daily. The Hyla Brook Trail is an interpretive trail with an accompanying brochure. Admission is $7.00 for adults and non-New Hampshire seniors over sixty-five; $3.00 for children ages 6-17; children ages 5 and under and NH residents age 65 and over are admitted free.

Climate - Winter can be cold with average temperatures ranging around 19 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold temperatures humidity bring heavy, water-laden snow to all parts of the state. Spring begins in mid-March and lasts through May. This time of the year is referred to as mud season in the mountains. The sugar is flowing early in the season and wild flowers bloom toward the end of it. Summer is the busiest season of the year for the tourism industry. This is an excellent time to travel, mountain roads are open and most of the mud has dried. Average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall brings the leaf lookers to see the spectacular colors of the deciduous trees. Expect to see bus loads of people enjoying the crisp fall New England weather.

Location - From Derry, travel south on SR 28 approximately 1-2 miles.


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Contact Information:
Robert Frost Farm, c/o NH Division of Parks & Recreation, P.O. Box 1856, 172 Pembroke Rd , Concord, NH, 03302, Phone: 603-432-3091

Additional Information:
Merrimack Valley Travel Region - Merrimack Valley is the seat of New Hampshire's state government. Philanthropy and volunteerism run deep in this part of the country. State legislators are paid a mere $100 a year and volunteerism is 4 times higher than any other area in the country.
New Hampshire State Parks - The state of New Hampshire has over 65 state park facilities ranging from historic sites and woodland picnic groves to beautiful sand beaches. There is one National Park facility, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and one National Forest, White Mountains.
New Hampshire State Parks - The state of New Hampshire has over 65 state park facilities ranging from historic sites and woodland picnic groves to beautiful sand beaches.
New Hampshire's Historic Sites -

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