AMHERST, Mass. - Naturalists David Spector and Edward Davis will lead tours through the landscape at the Emily Dickinson Homestead, birthplace and home of the poet Emily Dickinson, and the Evergreens, her brother's home, on Main Street in Amherst on Saturday, Sept. 9, at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Spector, a naturalist at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, and Davis, a professor emeritus of botany at the University of Massachusetts, will explain how the landscape has changed since the Dickinsons lived there in the 19th century.
The nature walks are part of Living History Day, an all-day event for children and adults sponsored by the Amherst History Museum, the Friends of the Jones Library, the Amherst Cultural Council and several other local organizations, including the Dickinson Homestead. The fee for the walk is $3 for adults, $1 for children, and includes admission to all Living History Day activities. For more information, call the Amherst History Museum at 413/256-0678 or visit the Museum's Website at http://www.amhersthistory.org/.
Living History Day at the Dickinson properties will also include an open house at the Evergreens, which is currently being restored, from 1:30 until 3:30 p.m. Representatives of the Martha Dickinson Bianchi Trust, which owns and maintains the home, will be on hand to answer questions. Admission is by donation.
The Dickinson Homestead, owned and maintained by the Trustees of Amherst College, will be open for tours every half hour from 1 to 4 p.m. on Living History Day. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students, $3 for children ages 6-18, no charge for children under 6, $1 discount for people with Living History Day stamps. For reservations call 413/542-8161. The Homestead Website is at http://www.amherst.edu/~edhouse.