The Wayside

The Wayside is a historic house in Concord, MA and is located in Minute Man National Historical Park. The home dates back to 1717 and is referred to as The Wayside Home of Authors. It has been the home to three famous authors including Louisa May Alcott and her family, Nathaniel Hawthorne and his family, and children’s author Margaret Sidney.

Contact Information

455 Lexington Rd. Concord, MA 01742


Jackie   July 28, 2023
Got a tour from one of the volunteers and it was fantastic. Definitely recommend a visit.
Merrett Willett   July 17, 2023
Great commentary and tour by ranger Rick. Crazy how many different lives were changed in a single house across multiple generations and how the house grew with each.
Alicia Langstraat   October 23, 2022
Bruce K.   June 13, 2021
In late May, The Wayside is still closed because of the pandemic. No tours available. But you can still stop by and look at the outside. The Wayside is a...
Rita V.   September 5, 2019
Long tour. Fascinating peek into the eccentric mind of the beloved Concordian author. If you are a literary buff, history buff or curious George... this is...
Nissa Greenquist   July 2, 2019
So much literary history in one building. A must see....
William B   July 28, 2018
FREE ADMISSION and close free parking across the street. This is the home of Louisa May Alcott and Nathaniel Hawthorne at different times in their lives but it is also the home of other authors and is an original witness house for the Revolutionary War battles of Lexington and Concord. Of course the home has had additions and modifications over the ages but it is possible to go on a tour led by National Park Service rangers. On the days when the house is open there are people who portray the residents. There is also a small visitor center and gift shop. Nextdoor is there is another Alcott family home which is also good but admission is charged.
Lan S.   June 3, 2018
When in Concord, due to my admiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne, I try to at least stop by The Wayside. This trip, we made it on Memorial Day, the opening day...
Escobaria Gracilis   November 12, 2017
Very well preserved house. Nice piece of American history.
Julius Jude   July 26, 2017
Had another blessed trip with my beautiful wife
Margaret Lapin   May 25, 2017
Beautiful home of Nathaniel Hawthorn, Louisa May Alcott, and Margaret Sydney.
Cameron Dean   August 18, 2016
Was not able to spend a lot of time. I would recommend if you have time to take the tour.
R V.   August 14, 2016
Absolutely one of my favorite historic sites in Concord, if not in all of New England. The Wayside was the only home ever owned by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and...