Statue of Nathaniel Hawthorne in Salem, MA ©Author Adventures

The Wayside in Concord is a triple treat. Three major authors lived there, beginning with Louisa May Alcott, then Nathaniel Hawthorne, and later children’s writer Harriett Lothrop, who used the pen name “Margaret Sidney.” It is now part of the National Park Service in Minuteman National Historical Park.

Eventually, the house was inherited by Margaret Lothrop, who wrote The Wayside: Home of Authors to preserve its history. You can find this book at

The Alcotts were a creative family, tirelessly working on home improvements, but the Hawthornes’ ideas were different, so the house went through major transitions as it changed hands. One distinct addition that came with the Hawthorne family was the addition of a three-story tower. Nathaniel Hawthorne used the top space of the tower as his writing center.Personalize

If you have heard of Louisa May Alcott and Nathaniel Hawthorne, but can’t quite place Margaret Sidney, read her book entitled Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (

The Wayside is the seventh stop on Massachusetts Author Adventures Trail Part 2.

Patricia Smart