The Wayside

The Wayside, Concord: Address, Phone Number, The Wayside Reviews: 4.5/5

The Wayside
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jaybeeFL
Palm Harbor, FL2,758 contributions
Disappointed
Aug 2021
Had the Wayside once home to some of America's literary icons (Hawthorne, Alcott, Sidney...) on our itinerary. Stopped by as we began our journey down the Battle Trail only to find it "closed for the season" in early August, height of the tourist season!!! Hard to understand and hard to believe that Covid is to blame for such a closure!!!
Written August 19, 2021
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Christine R
174 contributions
Interesting piece of history
Feb 2020
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.
Written February 16, 2020
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chemie71
Pittsburgh, PA362 contributions
Nice history!
Oct 2019 • Couples
We unfortunately were way too early for the tour, which I was disappointed about. Not too much to see of the house without a tour, but there was a lot to read. It's amazing that three big authors lived in this house through the years. We're not huge fans of Emerson, Hawthorne and Lothropp, but do respect their history. If you are unable to tour the house, you'll need no more than 15 min to get through it.
Written November 13, 2019
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SoloTraveler1967
Harrison, AR137 contributions
Great stop, great staff
Sep 2019 • Solo
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 informative and fun. I wasn’t expecting much when I arrived but I left feeling very happy I had stopped.
Written September 17, 2019
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Jeff B
New York City, NY105 contributions
Stay historic: a touch or a dollop
Jul 2019 • Family
Regardless of where it is the longest running Inn, the Wayside is charm and history and rustic tranquility. Go back in time with the delicious food, feasting on colonial favorites like prime rib and Indian pudding in the east dining room or the old kitchen, or stay in the two origami rooms up a narrow twisting staircase, rooms 9 and 10, the former haunted. Explore the secret drawer society, find the hidden treasure hidden in secret compartment. Or stroll the grounds past the church to the Grist Mill (the ground corn is used for the amazing Jonny cakes at breakfast, included with the stay).
Written August 6, 2019
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Karen V 🌴🌻🎀
Tampa, FL2,884 contributions
Louisa May Alcott's inspiration for "Little Women"
May 2019 • Family
It was built before the Revolutionary War like many homes and inns in the Concord area. The inhabitants saw the British troops passing on their way to battle. It was occupied and visited by many classic literary authors. It was even an Underground Railroad safe house during the time that Louisa May Alcott lived in it. Her book was about the years when her family lived in this house.

It's truly a historical landmark that you must see when in Concord. We didn't get to tour the house because I believe it's by appointment only. We did get the history of it through our tour guide, so we didn't feel like we missed too much. It was nice just to see it in person.
Written June 9, 2019
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HilaireH116
Alexandria, Virginia96 contributions
Fun and Quirky
Jun 2019 • Couples
If you’re a fan of Louisa May Alcott and/or Nathaniel Hawthorne, I highly recommend a visit to Wayside. Both authors lived there, and the house reflects their 2 different eras. Louisa May Alcott spent 3 happy years in the house, and the guides give you a good idea of what life was like for the Alcotts while they lived there.

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s presence looms even larger in the house, since he added on to it and lived there for several years. Particularly interesting is his library and the Tower Room, where he liked to write undisturbed and keep a wary eye out for visitors.

The National Park staff who lead the tours are very knowledgeable and helpful to visitors. The house is easy to find and there is ample parking across the street.
Written June 1, 2019
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MyGeeklings
470 contributions
Neat little place with a lot of history.
Jul 2018 • Family
We only visited this place because a friend of mine loved Louisa May Alcott's Little Women and I love writing and authors but were very happy with our visit. You can take an official tour but it costs money. We hung out at the visitor center and the kids worked on their Junior Ranger books for the Minute Man National Park badges. I loved learning about the authors there.
Written April 26, 2019
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Susan D
Huntington Beach, CA1,280 contributions
Such an Interesting History
Sep 2018 • Couples
This home is known mostly because of its famous owner; Nathaniel Hawthorne. It’s an interesting mix of add-ons to an original saltbox house. The additions made by Hawthorne are actually quite funny. He just put it there and made it work no matter how it looked. There are a few pieces that belonged to long ago owners. Interesting, in Concord many properties and lands had been owned by the various literary giants that lived here so it makes for interesting stories. This house was also home to the Alcott family. In fact, Louisa May’s Little Women was fashioned after her 6 years living in this house. The park ranger, Jonathan, was excellent. You could tell he loves history and is excited to share his knowledge. If you like history and literature it’s a must see.
Written September 25, 2018
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KDAA
East Hartford, CT664 contributions
Very well done tour
Jul 2018 • Couples
The guide who gave this tour was excellent. He was passionate about the subject matter, well informed, and well spoken. The tour gives you a good overview of the Hawthorne's, Alcott's, and some of Emerson. The tours are only at specific times, so when we arrived there we had about 1.5 hr wait. We went to lunch in the historic downtown and came back.
Written August 27, 2018
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