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Photo credit: Jacqui Bally

The Portsmouth Puddle Dock neighborhood home where Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836-1907) lived in his teens is open to the public, May – October. Originally from New Orleans, Aldrich resided with his grandfather in this stately home until he left to begin a career in New York. (The home was also Portsmouth’s first hospital until the Aldrich family repurchased it.) Read about it at: strawberybanke.org/houses/aldrich.cfm.

Aldrich is perhaps best known for his work entitled The Story of a Bad Boy, a semi-autobiographical account of his youth, which has been considered to be an inspiration for Mark Twain’s character Tom Sawyer. You can read the story here: seacoastnh.com/aldrich/index.html#badboy.

As the editor of Atlantic Monthly during its earliest heyday, he spearheaded a popular and influential literary magazine and kept company with several prestigious writers of the day, including Mark TwainHenry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Charles Chesnutt. Read more about Thomas Bailey Aldrich here: americanliterature.com/author/thomas-bailey-aldrich.

We thank reader and genealogist Jacqui Bally for bringing this writer’s home to our attention. For a brief history of Portsmouth Puddle Dock, click here: seacoastonline.com.

The Thomas Bailey Aldrich House is the second stop of our New Hampshire Author Adventures Trail.

 

Patricia Smart