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MMWAY_080607_02.JPG: Louisa May Alcott's
MMWAY_080607_07.JPG: The Wayside:
On April 19, 1775, fighting between Colonists and British soldiers ignited the American Revolution. On that day, the house in front of you, today known as "The Wayside," was owned by Samuel Whitney, Muster Master of the Concord Minute Men., During the 19th century, The Wayside was home to authors who kept the spirit of the Revolution alive through the creation of a unique American literary identity.
In 1845, educator and philosopher Bronson Alcott bought the house and named it "Hillside." His daughter, Louisa May Alcott, wrote his first published work here. Her classic, "Little Women," is largely based on her childhood at Hillside.
In 1852, Hillside was purchased by author Nathaniel Hawthorne who renamed it "The Wayside." It was the only home he ever owned. Hawthorne added the distinctive tower, where panoramic views inspired his writing.
Daniel and Harriett Lothrop purchased The Wayside in 1883; they wished to preserve the house because of its associations with America's literary heritage. Mrs. Lothrop, writing under the pen name Margaret Sidney, authored the "Five Little Peppers" series.
Exhibits in the Wayside Barn depict the authors who lived at The Wayside and their connection to American history and the community of Concord authors. Tours begin in the barn.
MMWAY_080607_23.JPG: The Wayside
MMWAY_080607_29.JPG: The Wayside:
The Wayside, "Hillside" as the Alcotts called it, sheltered two fugitive slaves during the winter of 1846-1847 as they fled north to freedom in Canada. A young Louisa May Alcott learned firsthand lessons about slavery that would influence her life and writing.
The Wayside, a unit of Minute Man National Historical Park, makes a significant contribution to the understanding of the Underground Railroad in American history and qualifies for inclusion in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
-- Designated May 17, 2001
MMWAY_080607_62.JPG: Casey’s Home
In 1775 Casey was Samuel Whitney’s slave. When revolution came, he ran away to war, fought for the colonies, and returned to Concord a free man.
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Wikipedia Description: Orchard House
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Orchard House is a historic house museum in Concord, Massachusetts, US. It was the longtime home of Amos Bronson Alcott (1799–1888) and his family, including his daughter Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888), who wrote and set her novel Little Women (1868–69) there.
The four daughters - Anna (the oldest), Louisa (one year younger), Elizabeth (three years younger than Louisa), and Abigail (the youngest, five years younger than Elizabeth) - lived in Orchard House from 1858-1877.
The Alcotts had first moved to Concord in 1840, although they left in 1843 to start Fruitlands, a utopian agrarian commune in nearby Harvard. The family returned in 1845 and purchased a house named "Hillside," but left again in 1852, selling to Nathaniel Hawthorne, who renamed it The Wayside.
The Alcotts returned to Concord once again in 1857. They moved into Orchard House - which was then a two-story clapboard farmhouse - in the spring of 1858. At the time of purchase the site included two early eighteenth-century houses on a 12-acre (49,000m2) apple orchard. Consequently, the Alcotts named the property "Orchard House." "'Tis a pretty retreat," Bronson Alcott wrote soon after moving in, "and ours; a family mansion to take pride in, rescued as it is from deformity and disgrace."
Bronson Alcott made significant changes to the building. He installed alcoves for busts retrieved from his failed Temple School, repaired the staircase, installed bookcases, constructed a back studio for his youngest daughter (May's) artwork, and installed a rustic fence around the property. He also moved a smaller tenant house to adjoin the rear of the main house, making a single larger structure. While the home was being renovated, the family rented rooms next door at The Wayside while the Hawthornes were living in England. Later, Lydia Maria Child visited the house and recorded her thoughts: "The result is a house full of queer nooks and corners ...More...
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2008 photos: Equipment this year: I was using three cameras -- the Fuji S9000 and the Canon Rebel Xti from last year, and a new camera, the Fuji S100fs. The first two cameras had their pluses and minuses and I really didn't have a single camera that I thought I could use for just about everything. But I loved the S100fs and used it almost exclusively this year.
Trips this year: (1) Civil War Preservation Trust annual conference in Springfield, Missouri , (2) a week in New York, (3) a week in San Diego for the Comic-Con, (4) a driving trip to St. Louis, and (5) a visit to dad and Dixie's in Asheville, North Carolina.
Ego strokes: A picture I'd taken last year during a Friends of the Homeless event was published in USA Today with a photo credit and everything! I became a volunteer photographer with the AFI/Silver theater.
Number of photos taken this year: 330,000.