For the past 15 years the Shaftsbury home of American poet Robert Frost has been an open museum to his life and work, thanks to donations from Peter J. Stanlis, a grant from the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, and support from many others. The Friends of Robert Frost have been keeping the property since then, welcoming visitors, scholars, and poets from all over the world. The Friends of Robert Frost will continue operating the museum through its 2017 season, ending November 1. However, beginning the 2018 season, the operations of the Stone House Museum will be taken up by the Bennington College.
This change has been a long time coming. Although the official succession announcement only came out in September 2017, the Bennington College and Friends of Robert Frost have been excitedly working towards this goal since May 2017, and the Friends have been considering the future of the Museum long before that. Bennington College President Mariko Silver referred to “the College’s storied literary history and our commitment to inquiry-based education” as one of the reasons they were looking forward to the transition. The intention is for the House to become not only a public museum but an education building as well. The College foresees the building becoming an event location for the Literary Department, and a classroom.