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

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LOTS OF HISTORY!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
bcnett
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Stoneham, Massachusetts

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Stoneham, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 stars 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 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 

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Albion, New York
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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 

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California
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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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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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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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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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