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The Road Not Taken

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and sorry I could not take them both…” (Robert Frost).

I think most everyone remembers this Robert Frost poem and we associate it with so many things in our lives. Every decision we have taken involves the “road not taken”. We wonder if we took the right path. Robert Frost said that this poem was about not agonising over past mistakes or decisions but just living and enjoying this moment.

His summer cabin at the Homer Nobel Farm in Ripton VT

Robert Frost summer cabin

Robert Frost lived in many places during his life, from New England to Ann Arbor Michigan, to Florida, to England. But since he resided in three locations in New England, I think New England must have agreed with him the most.

Today we’re going to explore two of the three locations that Robert Frost lived in New England. (Why not Three? I haven’t photographed the third in Franconia Notch NH).

It’s up to you at which end of the map you start at. Also! you don’t have to do both in one day. There is about 140 miles between these locations so you can look at the fall foliage reports and see whether you should do one or the other based on how the color is developing. Click here to download the Robert Frost scenic drive, as seen here.

First: The Robert Frost summer cabin at Homer Noble Farm.

Robert Frost Homer Nobel Farm in Ripton VTThis location is just off Route 125 in the Green Mountains of Vermont you will find the Robert Frost Wayside (as listed in Google maps). Either way you come at it, you will find the Robert Frost road to the North. It’s a short drive up the road to a small parking lot and the Homer Nobel Farm. There are a couple of signs stating that this is a historical Landmark.

looking in on the cabin just as Robert Frost left it.To get to his summer cabin, you don’t go to the farm-house ahead of you, instead you look to the west side of the parking area and you should see a worn tractor path which heads north past the house. You follow this until you see the low three room cabin. I suspect that there are tours with more information but I found this Wikipedia article to suffice.

Where you go from here is up to you. Route 125 is a great drive back to Hancock and Route 100. Overall if you are driving straight through its 144 miles to Derry NH and The Robert Frost Farm on Route 28.  You could make this one part of a several day journey. Once back on Route 100 you can head north to Granville and Moss Glen falls or further to Stowe and Smugglers Notch, and Cold Hollow Cider mill and, and… Well you get the point…

The Robert Frost farm in Derry NH

There is a large parking lot behind the house and you can get out and stretch the legs here. The tours are over around Columbus Day. Check their website  for more details and events.

Frost Farm in Derry New Hampshire

Road view of the Frost farm

I found out most of what I know after I visited since I got there on Oct 25th. Due to the late color this year I was able to catch several nice shots and I collected many leaves off the ground in varied gold and red patterns.

The stone wall heading to the back of the property

Walking along the stone wall

Lisa immediately headed for the woods and soon came back to drag me away from leaf picking. You can follow the stone wall that is numbered every so many feet and I assume a poem may be referenced at each spot if you pay the $4 and get a brochure.

We wandered back to the tree line and followed the path. There are many more paths than the straight one that we followed, and I’m reminded of another stanza of his.

“I shall be telling this with a sigh, Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” (Robert Frost)

Exploring Derry and beyond

Mary Anns diner near the Robert Frost farm

Mary Anns diner

We ate lunch in Derry at Mary Ann’s diner. Food and atmosphere were awesome. We then hit the road and it you break out your Gazetteer for New Hampshire. Look carefully at the nearby areas. You will find the Taylor Mill is not too far away and that will be the story for another day!

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Robert Frost locations for autumn drives — 6 Comments

  1. Hi Jeff,the one you haven’t yet visited is the only one I have visited. I have some photos of it (of course). This one, too, has a little trail through the woods with little signs with quotes from his poems along the way. Convenient to photograph them if you’re ever looking for quotes to append to something! I wonder whether the people who put up those signs in the field in Sugar Hill got the idea from that. Like Sue, I’ve also seen his grave in Bennington VT. Believe it or not, I appreciate the way you include information about where to eat in these posts. My son once gave me a book of Frost’s poems illustrated with color photographs; I still have it. Many many years ago.

    • Thanks Nancy, I think you’ll find that when I with Lisa I will stop for regular meals… I’m more likely to just stop for coffee or a similar fill me up… when I’m by myself… Sometimes I stop at a diner and see if they have a blue cheese burger (that is how I determine the over all quality of a joint) 🙂
      But in general I’ll go many miles before I fill me up… Except coffee… I usually stop for that and if I see a general store, I like to stop and pick up a snack… but if they have home made items… 🙂 I gain a few pounds…

      I’ve got a pocket book of Robert Frost’s poems @1960 sitting here by Louis Untermeyer

  2. Our 2 week trip from Louisiana to VT in last October was supposed to be our once in a lifetime…..but these emails are already making me itch to go back!

    • Hi Karen, sounds like you had a great trip and we’ll be here, when you come back next time. A New England fall foliage vacation is like a lays potatoes chip… you can’t just do it once… 🙂

  3. Loved this post as it transported me back to beautful New England. I’ve visited all of Frost’s home’s and his grave in Bennington. I live not far from Little Iddens, Frost’s home in Gloucestershire UK and love The Road Not Taken so much so we used it at my husbands funeral. It was very apt for him.

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