Melville resided in New York City until 1850, when they purchased a farmhouse at Pittsfield, their farm adjoining that formerly owned by Mr.
On the hither side of Pittsfield sits Herman Melville, shaping out the gigantic conception of his 'White Whale,' while the gigantic shadow of Greylock looms upon him from his study window.
With his liberal views, he is apparently considered by the good people of Pittsfield as little better than a cannibal or a'beach-comber.
The chief event of the residence in Pittsfield was the completion and publication of 'Moby Dick; or, the Whale,' in 1851.
This house belonged to his brother Allan, and was exchanged for the estate at Pittsfield.
Editor's Note: The Rockwells traveled from their home in West Arlington, Vermont, south on Route 7 through Pittsfield
to Stockbridge, Masschusetts, during that time (1950-1952).