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Address: 455 Lexington Road, Concord, MA
Phone Number: 978 369 6975
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Great visit, especially for Alcott, Hawthorne, and Sidney fans

The Wayside is a fabulous house, chock full of history and interesting stories. There are guides from the National Parks Service who will show you around -- check websites for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 5, 2015
Indianapolis, Indiana

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

The Wayside is a fabulous house, chock full of history and interesting stories. There are guides from the National Parks Service who will show you around -- check websites for times of tours. Not expensive to visit, and a place that historians, especially those with an interest or at least a little familiarity with the Alcotts, Margaret Sidney, and Nathaniel... More 

1 Thank passingbyagaindc
Albion, New York
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

If you like history, you'll love the Wayside Inn. We had a storyteller, dressed in period costume, give our group the history of the tavern & inn. We then had a catered dinner upstairs during which a period Fife & Drum Core unexpectedly march in and perform a few numbers for us. It was wonderful! After dinner, we had the... More 

3 Thank Laura S
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273 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

When I stopped to visit, it wasn't open, and it looked to be under significant painting and/or remodeling/restoration. It does look like an interesting place, if it was open (perhaps at a different time then when I stopped)

1 Thank mrliterature
Princeton, New Jersey
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161 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

This building is just beyond the Orchard House and is now undergoing serious rehab. No tours, no access without a hard hat, but clearly worth a look. Very creative scaffolding. Apparently, like many repairs to old houses, one thing leads to another .... I look forward to going back when the work is done and the property once again open... More 

3 Thank nomad_rover
Litchfield, Connecticut
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29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

It's uniquely fascinating that this home was lived in by both Louisa May Alcott & Nathaniel Hawthorne, and the tour interpreters give an excellent background on each. I can't remember which one did it, but one famous writer left their mark on one of the windows . . .quirky bit of history.

1 Thank Jo J
Warminster, United Kingdom
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151 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

The house was closed due to fire damage so were unable to go in. However there was a smalll exhibition and a very helpful custodian.

Thank Rosemary W
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85 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

The Wayside is the only historic house in Concord that is maintained by the government. It is also the house in the worst disrepair. There is a wonderful historical/educational display before you enter the home. The park rangers are well versed in the happenings of the home. The Wayside needs you to visit it and support it. Go!

Thank Lisa M
new york
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166 reviews
98 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

The Wayside has tour times that are a little different then the other houses in the area, so call and check the times. Park down and across the street. Easy walk to Orchard House. Great value too. I paid $5, children under a certain age were free.

Thank mrmisrule
Riverside, California
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27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

The Alcott family lived here before it was bought and remodeled by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Very cool to be in the attic room where he wrote on a flip-down desk. The house itself is dark and dank, but wonderful stories are told of Hawthorne reading to his family beside the fire.

2 Thank literarybuff
Columbus IN
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

I took a tour here,my 2nd in 4 or 5 years...and it was conducted by Ranger David, with a warm up in the visitor center by Ranger Jane....both of these guides are well credentialled and very much into the subject. They both love what they do, and it shows, and gets you excited about this author and his very interesting... More 

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