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The Frost Place is a museum and nonprofit educational center for poetry located at Robert Frost's former home on Ridge Road in Franconia, New Hampshire, United States. The property was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[1]

Frost Place
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The Frost Place in 2008
The Frost Place is located in New Hampshire
The Frost Place
The Frost Place is located in the United States
The Frost Place
LocationRidge Road
Franconia, New Hampshire,
United States
Coordinates44°12′46″N 71°45′27″W / 44.21278°N 71.75750°W / 44.21278; -71.75750Coordinates: 44°12′46″N 71°45′27″W / 44.21278°N 71.75750°W / 44.21278; -71.75750
Area9 acres (3.6 ha)
NRHP reference #76000126[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 30, 1976



According to local family lore, poet Robert Frost spotted this property on the west side of Franconia's Ridge Road in 1915 while looking for a home in the area. He purchased it from farmer Willis Herbert, for whom he supposedly procured an adjacent property. The house is 1½ stories in height, with a long front facade covered by a porch. The facade affords fine views of the Franconia Range and Mount Lafayette.[2]

Frost and his family lived in the house until 1920, and spent their summers there for nearly twenty years. The Frost Place was founded in 1976 when the farm was purchased by the town of Franconia, restored, and given its name, opening as a museum in 1977.[3][4][5] Since 1977, the Frost Place has awarded a resident poet award to an emerging American poet, which includes a stipend and the opportunity to live and write in the house during the summer.[3][6]

Beginning in 2013, The Frost Place began offering an annual chapbook prize, with the winning chapbook published by Bull City Press. [3][7] Past winners include Jill Osier, Lisa Gluskin Stonestreet, Anders Carlson-Wee, Tiana Clark, and Yuki Tanaka.

Conference on PoetryEdit

The Frost Place sponsors a Conference on Poetry, a Poetry Seminar, and a Conference on Poetry and Teaching..[8][9] The Conference on Poetry is directed by poet Gabrielle Calvocoressi,[10] with poet Ross White serving as Associate Director.[11] The Poetry Seminar is directed by poet Patrick Donnelly.[12] The Conference on Poetry and Teaching is directed by poet Dawn Potter;[13] associate director is poet and teacher Kerrin McCadden.[14]


A board of trustees assumed responsibility for the management of the museum and associated programs, and Donald Sheehan served as executive director until 2005. In 2006, the trustees appointed Jim Schley to be Sheehan's successor.[15] From the fall of 2008 until April 2011 the trustees managed The Frost Place.[3] In April 2011, Maudelle Driskell was named executive director. In 2018, poet Jacob Rivers was named assistant to the director.

Resident poetsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Frost Place". National Park Service. Retrieved 2018-07-08.
  3. ^ a b c d "About". The Frost Place. Retrieved 2010-02-08.
  4. ^ "Poetry Landmark: The Frost Place in Franconia, NH". Retrieved 2010-02-08.
  5. ^ "The Road to the Frost Place". Sunday Morning, CBS News. 2000-07-06. Retrieved 2010-02-08. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ "Frost Place Resident Poet Award". Poets & Writers. Retrieved 2011-03-07.
  7. ^ "Frost Place Chapbook Competition". Retrieved 2019-08-10.
  8. ^ "ShawGuides: The Frost Place Poetry Conferences". Retrieved 2010-02-08.
  9. ^ "WC&C Member- The Frost Place". Retrieved 2010-02-08.
  10. ^ "Conference on Poetry Director: Gabrielle Calvocoressi", The Frost Place.
  11. ^ "Conference on Poetry Associate Director: Ross White", The Frost Place.
  12. ^ "2015 Poetry Seminar Director & Faculty: Patrick Donnelly", The Frost Place.
  13. ^ "2015 Conference on Poetry & Teaching Director: Dawn Potter", The Frost Place.
  14. ^ "All Conference on Poetry and Teaching Faculty and Fellows". The Frost Place. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
  15. ^ "Schley Named New Executive Director of Frost Place". Randolph Herald. 2006-03-09. Retrieved 2010-02-08. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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