Her home was built by her grandfather in 1813. This Federal style house is believed to be the first brick house in Amherst.Emily was born here and spent most of her life in this house. She had only two siblings, an older brother who ended up living next door and a younger brother who died in his youth.
The Emily Dickinson Museum was created in 2003 when the two houses were merged under the ownership of Amherst College.
wind vane on garage
Originally the property was 15 acres but is now only 2 acres.
The most intense hurricane to make landfall in the US and the Atlantic Basin in recorded history, hit this area in 1935; this tree in her back yard, is believed to be the only large tree to survive that storm.
She is buried in the family plot in the small local cemetery (West Cemetery).
The original tombstone simply had her initials, “EED” inscribed on it. The headstone was later replaced by her niece who included Emily’s birth and death dates as well as the phrase “Called Back.”
They were the only words in her last known letter written to a cousin. It may have been a reference to a popular novella (Called Back) which Emily said was, “a haunting story…greatly impressive to me.”
I was told people often leave things at her grave.
“No major poet is more dense, more compressed, more elliptical, more elusive… so far ahead of her time, it seems like we are only now learning how to read her.” – Dean Rader
“She is now almost universally considered to be one of the most important American poets.” – Harold Bloom
At one corner of the plot, was this small crude door which held a zip lock bad filled with notes.
teenage Emily daguerreotype“She is known for her poignant, compressed, and deeply charged poems, which have profoundly influenced the direction of 20th-century poetry, and gained her an almost cult following among some.” –Biography.com