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The Wayside

Address: 455 Lexington Road, Concord, MA
Phone Number: 978 369 6975
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Ranked #13 of 13 Attractions in Concord
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural

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English first
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211 reviews 211 reviews
68 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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)

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Princeton, New Jersey
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117 reviews 117 reviews
58 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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 

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Litchfield, Connecticut
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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.

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Warminster, United Kingdom
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123 reviews 123 reviews
70 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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.

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69 reviews 69 reviews
39 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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!

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new york
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120 reviews 120 reviews
78 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 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.

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Riverside, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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.

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Columbus IN
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60 reviews 60 reviews
33 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Columbus IN
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60 reviews 60 reviews
33 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

The National Park Service operates this 300 year old house, on a seasonal basis, April to October...check the schedule on line. They do a fabulous job, and I met 2 Park Rangers, a Mr. Hannon who conducted the house tour, and who did a superlative job ( he used to be a school teacher,history,I recall); This clearly is a labor... More 

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Duluth, Georgia
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126 reviews 126 reviews
64 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2011

We stopped at the The Wayside as part of our outing to Minute Man Park. We were not aware that it was a guided tour ($5/person) and spent a few minutes trying to get into the locked house until a ranger stopped us. Once she thwarted my life of new-found life of crime, we paid for the tour. It’s a... More 

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