Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead and The Evergreens
Courtesy of Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead and The Evergreens is made up of two historic houses and their three-acre landscape in the center of Amherst, Massachusetts, preserving the circumscribed physical world of one of America's most significant poets. The Homestead was the birthplace, in 1830, and home of the poet Emily Dickinson. The Evergreens, next door, was home to her beloved brother and sister-in-law, Austin and Susan Dickinson, and their three children.
Tole document box
Painted tin, ca. 1870
'Emily E. and Lavinia N. Dickinson'
Photo by Frank Ward
The Museum was created on July 1, 2003, from the merger of The Evergreens, formerly owned by the Martha Dickinson Bianchi Trust, and the Dickinson Homestead, under the auspices of Amherst College. The reunion of the Dickinson family homes, furnishings, and grounds restored the estate north of Main Street to the configuration Dickinson herself knew and enabled the Museum to celebrate more fully the life, times, and legacy of this remarkable poet.
The Museum is dedicated to educating diverse audiences about Emily Dickinson's life, family, creative work, times, and enduring relevance, and to preserving and interpreting the Homestead and The Evergreens as historical resources for the benefit of scholars and the general public.