The Road To The Frost Place

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In the small town of Franconia, New Hampshire there is a farm known simply as The Frost Place.

That's Frost as in Robert Frost, the great American poet who lived here from 1915 to 1920. His legacy lives in the farm's reincarnation as a museum and as a center for poetry and the arts.

When Frost moved to the farm he already was considered one of the world's great living poets. Shortly after leaving the farm to take the position of poet-in-residence at Amherst College he wrote to a friend, "I miss Franconia." He and his wife would return to the farm every summer for the next 18 years.

In 1976, the town of Franconia bought the farm and created a museum in his honor. On display are first edition copies of Frost's work along with photographs and memorabilia from his life.

Frost Place hosts a resident poet every summer. This summer's honoree is Mark Cox, an award-winning author of several books of poetry.

Cox will host the annual Festival of Poetry held the first weekend in August at the farm. He will be joined by five other published poets along with dozens of other writers chosen from across the country who will take part in lectures, workshops and public readings of their poetry.

Poets and other visitors can find inspiration along the half-mile nature trail marked with plaques inscribed with verse by Frost, or witness the striking beauty of the surrounding White Mountains.

The Frost Place has become a source of pride for the community of Franconia and a treasure for those who visit this tranquil spot nestled into the backcountry of New Hampshire.

  • CBSNews.com staff CBSNews.com staff

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