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Literary Massachusetts

We divided the Author Adventures in Massachusetts into two trails. Massachusetts Author Adventures Trail Part 1, which runs from the Boston area to Lenox, and Massachusetts Author Adventures Trail Part 2, which runs from Amherst to Concord. Together, the trails are teeming with historical authors, poets, and writers for children, spanning three centuries and all areas of the state. We know there are even more than listed, but these are a start.

If you travel Trail Part 1 and immediately go to Trail Part 2, you will see that we wrap all of the locations into basically one big circle, beginning in Boston and nearby Cambridge, then traveling south, then west, and then back north on up to Salem. The circle makes it possible to hop on at any point until you close the circle at the last stop nearest to you.

You can also break the circle down by region. We started in Boston and poked around Cambridge, then took the train north to Salem, then drove south to Plymouth, and then west to the Berkshires toward Norman Rockwell’s place, returning eastward to Boston by way of Concord. (As we neared the Berkshires, we crossed the state line to Connecticut and visited the homes of Mark Twain and Harriet Beecher Stowe.)

Part 1:

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A. John Adams House, Quincy
B. President John F. Kennedy, Boston
C. Robert McCloskey, Boston
D. William James, Cambridge
E. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Cambridge
F. William Bradford, Martha Harding, and Mary Ring, Plimoth Patuxet
G. Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), Springfield
H. W.E.B. DuBois, Great Barrington
I. Norman Rockwell, Stockbridge
J. Edith Wharton, Lenox

Part 2:

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K. Emily Dickinson, Amherst
L. Eric Carle, Amherst
M. Jack Kerouac, Lowell
N. Nathaniel Hawthorne, Salem
O. Henry David Thoreau, Concord
P. Louisa May Alcott, Concord
Q. The Wayside: Home of Authors, Concord
R. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Concord