The Wayside is a historical house that has offered shelter to famous literary figures in the past. Dating back to 1717, the f... More
The Wayside is a historical house that has offered shelter to famous literary figures in the past. Dating back to 1717, the first owner of the house was Minuteman Samuel Whitney after which it was used by noted scientist, John Winthrop in 1776. In October 1844, Amos Bronson Alcott moved into this house with his family, including his daughter, Louisa May Alcott who later earned fame as a celebrated novelist. However, the Wayside became a popular site after Nathaneil Hawthorne made it his home. After Hawthorne, it was the turn of Lothrop family to make this charming edifice their home. Harriet Lothrop, popularly known as Margaret Sidney, a well-known writer had the Wayside as a residence for years. Since the house has seen the peak of careers of so many celebrated writers, it was designated as a National Historic Landmark. This literary site offers guided tours as well who wish to explore America's literary history.