Desperately Seeking Robert Frost in the Upper Valley

. . .and birthday wishes (soon) to New England’s poet.

Really? Am I the only one in the Upper Valley who did not know that this statue of Robert Frost existed, much less where it is? 

I set off to find him.

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Frost is sometimes referred to as a son of Dartmouth College, Class of 1896. The truth, however, is that Frost would have graduated in 1896 only if he had remained at Dartmouth. He started his studies there in 1892, but left after only a few months. 

The statue is a gift to the college from the Class of ‘61, who commissioned the work by sculptor George W. Lundeen in 1996. Lundeen decided to feature Frost in his country duds, in the process of drafting his famous poem, Mending Wall. (Read it here.) The sculpture is part of the Hood Museum’s collection of public art.

Location? You need to take the road less traveled. (Sorry, could not resist.) Climb the hill to the observatory on the Dartmouth campus and keep walking. As you approach Bartlett Tower, glance off to your right. On a small hill, Frost is perched on a slab of New Hampshire granite, writing.

Postscript: Before or after a visit to Bigtown Gallery in Rochester VT, you can take in one of Robert Frost’s former haunts at the Rochester Cafe and General Store. Frost used to hang out at its soda fountain, still in operation (photo below).

Postscript #2: I created this piece a while ago, decided to save it for a special occasion, like Frost’s birthday—coming up on March 26.

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