February 8, 2001
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.— The Dickinson Homestead, home of the poet Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), at 280 Main St. in Amherst, Mass., will open for its 2001 season on Saturday, March 3. The Homestead—the birthplace and home of the poet for 40 years—is open for guided tours from March through mid-December.

New this year is an exhibit “in progress” of the Emily Dickinson bedroom, the recent subject of a historic furnishing report to investigate the room’s appearance during the poet’s lifetime. Also now available for sale at the Homestead is a new publication, The Poet at Home, that introduces readers to Emily Dickinson, her poetry and her home. The booklet contains several essays and a map of Amherst.

Upcoming events include the annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk on Saturday, May 12, at 1 p.m., with an Open House, 1-5 p.m.; Living History Day on Saturday, September 8; and the Birthday Open House on Saturday, December 8, 1-5 p.m. Visitors can also look forward to the opening of the Homestead’s new Tour Center and orientation exhibit later in the year.

The Homestead’s days and hours of operation change seasonally. In March, the Homestead is open Wednesday and Saturday with tours on the hour from 1 to 4 p.m. (Last tour at 4 p.m.). Beginning in April, the Homestead is open Wednesday through Saturday, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Reservations are recommended for tours, especially on Saturdays, and may be made by calling 413/542-8161. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors/students, $3 for young people ages 6 to 18, and no charge for children under 6 or for students currently enrolled at one of the Five Colleges.

For more information, please call the Homestead at 413/542-8161, or visit the Homestead’s new web site at http://www.amherst.edu/~edhouse. The Homestead is a National Historic Landmark owned by the Trustees of Amherst College.