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The Wayside, Concord

#8 of 9 in Historic Sites in Concord
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Wayside is a historic house in Concord, Massachusetts. The earliest part of the home may date to 1717. Later it successively became the home of the young Louisa May Alcott and her family, who named it Hillside, author Nathaniel Hawthorne and his family, and children's writer Margaret Sidney. It became the first site with literary associations acquired by the National Park Service and is now open to the public as part of Minute Man National Historical Park.

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  • If you are interested in history and are in the area this is definitely a good place to check out. There is parking across the street for free.  more »
  • The staff made this place exceptional. It would have just been an old house without the knowledgeable and personable staff guiding the tour. They handled questions with ease and made the tour both...  more »
  • So much literary history in one building. A must see....
  • FREE ADMISSION and close free parking across the street. This is the home of Louisa May Alcott and Nathaniel Hawthorne at different times in their lives but it is also the home of other authors and is an original witness house for the Revolutionary War battles of Lexington and Concord. Of course the home has had additions and modifications over the ages but it is possible to go on a tour led by National Park Service rangers. On the days when the house is open there are people who portray the residents. There is also a small visitor center and gift shop. Nextdoor is there is another Alcott family home which is also good but admission is charged.

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