Years before they lived at Orchard House, the Alcott family lived just down the road at a place called Hillside. In 1852, they sold their house to Nathaniel Hawthorne (author of The Scarlet Letter) and he changed the name to The Wayside.
Unfortunately, The Wayside closed in 2013 for two years of repairs and renovations. It’s scheduled to re-open at some point in 2015. Even though you can’t get inside, the house itself is beautiful. To the left, Hawthorne’s old walking track leads you to a little monument in the woods, where Hawthorne ‘trod daily this path to the hill to formulate as he paced to and fro upon its summit his marvelous romances.’
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