The Homer Nobel Farm is the location where famous poet Robert Frost lived during his final 25 years, following the passing of his wife. Today the site is a museum, and Middlebury College possesses and operates the location. At the site is an old cabin that is a monument to Frost. He worked and created more writings while staying at the cabin.
During the summer of 1938, Frost, still mourning the passing
of his wife earlier that year, went to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in
Ripton. During this visit he met future
friends Tim and Kay Morrison; Kay started serving as Frost’s secretary. Frost purchased the farm to have a home when
he would live in Ripton during the summer.
Frost would come to the Farm nearly every summer until he passed away in
1963. The location consists of a big
farmhouse and a small cabin. After Frost’s
death, the Morrisons controlled the house, but now Middlebury College uses it
to assist faculty.
Frost lived in the small cabin where he was isolated to
write; he would eat breakfast lunch, and dinner with the Morrisons at the
house. Being his secretary, Kay would be
with Frost many hours in the morning to help him take care of his papers. Several people came to see Frost ranging from
literary acquaintances to fans who would have discussions with him very late
into the evening. Several of his
friends, such as Peter Stanlis, Reginald Cook, and Larry Thompson wrote about
Frost in later years.
Presently the cabin is only available for tours for
special events. The farm is not too far
away from Bread Loaf and on the same road the Robert Frost Trail can be
found. Along this trail are sites that
have some of Frost’s poems placed along them.
The trail was created by the Green Mountain National Forest, and
Reginald Cook chose the poems he thought went best with a particular view. Cook also overlooked the insertion of the
plaques containing the poems along the trail.1