Emily’s Room

In 2018, when you book a stay at the Poet’s Retreat, the nightly rental house next to the museum, you can spend the night in Emily Dickinson’s bedroom. Yes, you do not have to go all the way to Amherst, Massachusetts, for the experience. You can do so in rural Locust Grove, Oklahoma.

Kelly Palmer is performing her decorating magic in the small room that originally was our grandmother’s sewing room when she lived in the house. Over the years it has been a room for mystery books when it was a bookstore, a bedroom for renters, and a museum gift shop.

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Jan. 12, 2018: Wallpaper done, along with “windows.” Emily had four windows in her bedroom, so we will have four also, though they might not be the real thing! Also, carpet has been pulled up. Flooring comes next.


Dec. 17, 2017: Wallpaper is going up. This is a Laura Ashley wallpaper called Ella Berry. It is the closest thing Kelly could find to the original wallpaper, a fragment of which was recovered in Emily’s room during some restoration.


Custom-designed wallpaper in the actual Emily Dickinson bedrom in Amherst


Fragment of the original wallpaper in Emily’s room

Dec. 16, 2017: A window is uncovered!


Dec. 12, 2017: Views of the room from each corner:


The Emily Dickinson Bedroom, photos courtesy of the Emily Dickinson Museum


The Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry director Shaun Perkins at Emily Dickinson’s house in Amherst. Emily’s bedroom is at the two windows on the 2nd floor above Shaun’s head.