Places in Hawthorne's life and writings
- Hawthorne was born July 4, 1804, in
Salem, Massachusetts commercial site.
Salem, Mass., in Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- His birthplace, 32 Union Street, has been restored and moved
to the grounds of the
House of the Seven Gables (admission).
- You may visit the
House of the Seven Gables,
54 Turner Street (admission).
Salem, supposed to be
the setting of
his novel. The museum also has
what is believed to be the desk in which he kept the manuscript of
The Scarlet Letter
- Salem Maritime
National Historic Site,
The Custom House; when Hawthorne was fired from
here, he wrote The Scarlet
Letter -- when Salem was a major port, it was where import and
export taxes were paid
- Peabody Museum - Essex Institute
owns a bunch of his stuff, and you can view the Osgood portrait there.
- You can stay or dine at the
Hawthorne Hotel on the Common in Salem +1 508 744 4080
Online we have a couple of articles
about visits to Hawthorne's Salem.
- The other Salem houses where Hawthorne lived are private and
not open to visitors. Please do not disturb the occupants.
- In his youth, he lived in
Raymond, Maine, on the shore of Sebago Lake.
- Hawthorne graduated from Bowdoin College in
Brunswick, Maine, in Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- The Scarlet Letter setting, contrary to
illiterate belief, is Boston, not Salem.
See the official Boston tourist
- Do not fail to stop in Boston at the
Old Corner Bookstore, formerly Ticknor and Fields, then
absorbed by Houghton and Mifflin. Recently it was a bookstore
but has an uncertain future.
- There is really nothing left to see at the Brook Farm
site and it is not open anyway.
- During the winter of 1851-52 Hawthorne lived in
West Newton, Mass., where he wrote
The Blithedale Romance.
- After Salem and Boston, Hawthorne lived for much of his life in
Massachusetts, commercial site.
Concord, Mass., in Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- The Wayside, the
only house Hawthorne owned, now has a beautiful website of its own
- The Old Manse deserves a page of its own.
Minute Man National Historical Park, part of the National Park Service
- North Bridge Vistor Center (next to Old Manse) (508) 369-6993, x22.
- Hawthorne's home,
The Wayside (508) 369-6975 or (508) 369-6993, x22.
The Colonial Inn, historic country inn in Concord
- Bed and breakfast across from the Wayside:
The Hawthorne Inn
- Many great old photos from the
American Memory Project
official MBTA commuter train data
to Concord from Boston's North Station or Porter Square, Cambridge
- Cottage in Lenox, Berkshire
County, Massachusetts, where Hawthorne wrote several books and met Melville
- Tourism or
Dartmouth guide to
the White Mountains of New Hampshire, scene of several sketches and tales
- Hawthorne was American Consul
in Liverpool, England, and lived in various places in Europe, such as Paris,
Florence, and Rome. We haven't seen web pages for any of the places he lived
in Europe, although some of the houses are still occupied by private residents.
- Hawthorne died May 18-19, 1864, in Plymouth,
New Hampshire. Search for some old photos in the
Library of Congress
Boston, Mass., in Gerry Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- old street in Boston--this area later housed booksellers;
now bricked over by City Hall Plaza
- Isles of Shoals, Gosport
Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
- Isaac Johnson's lot
- King's Chapel
- Manse, Old
- home in Concord, Mass., of the Hawthornes, 1842-5. See
Old Manse page.
in southern Maine, now near Portland, on shore of Sebago Lake, where Hawthorne spent
pleasant years of his childhood.
- The house is described in Fields's
Yesterdays With Authors, May 12, 1870.
- Information from firstname.lastname@example.org (Paul C Colombo): "
the house is located at the intersection of
Hawthorne and Cape Roads on the web map of Raymond. Yes, the house is still
there. The Raymond library has information in its general collection of
material. There are also 2 photo books about Raymond for sale at the
village library (207.655.4283) called "Raymond Town--Then
and Now" by
Ernest Knight--the local area historian. The library hours are M
3:30-8, Th 9:30-12, Sat 10-4." Also see
Ingo Hartig, a local real estate expert.
- small resort in northeast Yorkshire, England, on North Sea
where Hawthorne finished
The Marble Faun
in 1859; [
- Wayside, The
- home on Lexington Road, Concord, Mass., of the Hawthornes from
1852 until after his death in 1864.