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One of several New England locations that lays a claim to the poet Robert Frost, this white-clapboard farmhouse in Derry (about 8 miles southeast of Manchester, on Rte. 28) is the most significant of them all. It was Frost's home from 1901 until 1909, where he first worked on a farm and first began learning and writing about his fellow Granite Staters, whose taciturn rhythms of speaking and living would soon pervade his best work. The home's original wallpaper patterns have been restored to look just as they did when Frost and his wife lived here (she gave birth to their three children in one of the rooms); it's almost as though they never left. Those nick-marks in the soapstone sink? Made by Frost while sharpening knives. You can also learn about the historical moment in which Frost lived, listen to occasional free readings of his poetry, and explore a network of trails through surrounding forests and fields that helped inspire the great poet. There aren't many places like this left in the world today -- places where nature and art intersect, and have both been preserved purely for the appreciation of both, rather than to create tourist traffic. I highly recommend a visit.</p>