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Address: 455 Lexington Rd, Concord, MA 01742-3727
Phone Number: 978 369 6975

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You Need to Pre-Plan for This One!

If you plan to visit the homes of famous authors in Concord, it might make sense to go to The Wayside first. Unlike Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House (next door) and the Ralph... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
New York

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you plan to visit the homes of famous authors in Concord, it might make sense to go to The Wayside first. Unlike Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House (next door) and the Ralph Waldo Emerson House (1/2-mile down the road), The Wayside is operated by the National Park Service on a very limited schedule. It reopened in June 2016 having... More 

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Texas, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Many thanks to National Park Ranger Michelle Blees for an informative, insightful tour of “The Wayside” home of three American authors (Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Margaret Sidney, the pen name of Harriett Lothrop). Even though it was just after 4 pm when we arrived, she gave us a full tour, showing us all three floors, including the upstairs... More 

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Stoneham, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

The Wayside was built about 1720. British soldiers passed by it in 1775 on their way to the battle in Concord. Bronson Alcott, Louisa May Alcott's father bought the house in 1845. Louisa and her family lived here for a while when she was a teenager and some of their activities here were described in Little Women. Nathaniel Hawthorne bought... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

This home had many literary occupants over the last 200 years. Parking is across he street from the house. Admission charge.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

If you are a fan of Nathaniel Hawthorne or Louisa May Alcott you will find their spirits embodied in this home. This house is where the antics of the March girls took place; hence where "Little Women" was born.

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Texarkana, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016

Tour guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable about the house and the area , very good information about our great writers ,

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Carmel, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Albion, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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3 of 5 bubbles 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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1 of 5 bubbles 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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