DUMMERSTON — All great writers should have what Rudyard Kipling had: a home among mountains. Early in his married life, the adventurous poet of the British Empire chose a tamer range to inspire him than his tales and world travels would suggest — not the Himalayas of Asia or the Mitumbas of Africa, but the rippling hills of southern New England.
Kipling was smitten with the countryside outside Brattleboro when he honeymooned here in 1892. His wife, Caroline Balestier, had relatives in the area. He bought land in rural Dummerston and designed a shingled three-story house he called Naulakha — a Hindi word meaning “jewel beyond price.” Kipling began several of his famous works in the house, including “The Jungle Book” and “The Day’s Work,” “The Seven Seas” and “Captains Courageous.”