Literary New Hampshire: Literary and Recreational Wonderland
Our New Hampshire Author Adventures Trail features the farm property of a four-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, “the original Tom Sawyer,” a family homestead, a whimsical theme park, a small town with several places associated with a formerly enslaved reading advocate and a popular novelist, along with a recommendation to explore New Hampshire’s Black Heritage Trail.
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A. Literary Jaffrey (Willa Cather and Amos Fortune), Jaffrey
B. Robert Frost, Derry and Franconia
C. Thomas Bailey Aldrich House, Portsmouth
D. Story Land, Glen
E. The Poore Family Historic Homestead and Museum, Stewartstown
Beginning in the late 1600s, property owners of New Hampshire had hundreds of enslaved Africans. Because of that, in addition to our literary trail, Author Adventures also recommends the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, which includes important places connected to a wide range of historical figures. For information, click here: blackheritagetrailnh.org.
Perhaps the most significant author on the Black Heritage Trail is Harriet Adams Wilson, of Milford, who was the first African-American woman in the US to publish a novel. The title of the 1859 autobiographical work was Our Nig; or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black, in a Two-story White House, North. Showing that Slavery’s Shadows Fall Even There.
A map of the New Hampshire Author Adventures Trail is below.