Amherst Writers Walk

By UMass Public History Program

Welcome to the Amherst Writers Walk. This tour explores the residences of several famous authors who have called Amherst home at one point or another during their career. Although Emily Dickinson may be Amherst's most famous author, this tour looks at others who are often overshadowed by Dickinson's legacy here in town.

Locations for Tour

1 Ray Stannard Baker's House - 118 Sunset Avenue

"Looking back, I have this to regret, that too often when I loved, I did not say so."- Ray Stannard Baker Life Ray Stannard Baker was born on April 17, 1870, in Lansing Michigan. Baker grew up in the Great Lakes State and in 1889 attended the…

2 Robert Frost's House - 43 Sunset Avenue

"I shall be telling this with a sighSomewhere ages and ages hence:Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —I took the one less traveled by,And that has made all the difference."- The Road Not Taken (1916)"In three words I can sum up everything I've…

4 Noah Webster's House - 46 Main Street

"Every possible reezon that could ever be offered for altering the spelling of wurds, still exists in full force; and if a gradual reform should not be made in our language, it wil proov that we are less under the influence of reezon than our…

6 Norton Juster's House- 55 Kellogg Avenue

“A slavish concern for the composition of words is the sign of a bankrupt intellect. Be gone, odious wasp! You smell of decayed syllables.” - Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth Life Juster was born on June 2, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York. He…

7 Mabel Loomis Todd's House - 90 Spring Street

“All uncleanness seems washed clean in its lonely stretches; the life-giving sun and ardent air must still bring singular joy, the eager morning breeze, the opalescent distance, the plaintive evening sky all will continue to tell an exquisite if…

8 Howard and Lilian Garis' House - 97 Spring Street

"And half the fun of nearly everything, you know, is thinking about it beforehand, or afterward" - Howard Garis, Uncle Wiggily's Story Book, 1921    Life Howard Roger Garis was born on April 25, 1873 in Binghamton, New York. Howard's family moved…

9 Robert Francis' House - 170 Market Hill Road

"Having lived here the years that are my best,
I call it home. I am content to stay.
I have no bird's desire to fly away.
I envy neither north, east, south, nor west."
-Robert Francis   Life
Robert Churchill Francis was an American poet…

10 Helen Hunt Jackson's House - 249 South Pleasant Street

"Bee to the blossom, moth to the flame; Each to his passion; what's in a name?"
-Helen Hunt Jackson

Helen Hunt Jackson was born Helen Maria Fiske on October 14, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. She spent her childhood in Amherst and…

11 Charles Eastman's House - 850 Belchertown Road

“Children must early learn the the beauty of generosity. They are taught to give what they prize most, that they may taste the happiness of giving.”  -Charles Eastman

 Dr. Charles Alexander Eastman was born on a Santee Sioux…