'When and where to stay'

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  What had been Robert Frost's farmhouse, in Franconia, N.H., near the Franconia Range of the White Mountains  . Frost and his family lived in the house from 1915 to 1920, and spent their summers there for nearly 20 years.

What had been Robert Frost's farmhouse, in Franconia, N.H., near the Franconia Range of the White Mountains .Frost and his family lived in the house from 1915 to 1920, and spent their summers there for nearly 20 years.

At Robert Frost’s farm, Franconia, New Hampshire

“When Robert Frost passed this stand of birch

each gray curl held his eye at word-point.

No rock but gave him pause. He’d reach to touch

it where it lay. Stones taught him to roam

by showing him where he’d been. Freedom

to go meant knowing when and where to stay.

-- From “Unlettered,’’ by Edward J. Ingebretsen