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Concord in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Nathaniel Hawthorne

 
 
Nathaniel Hawthorne Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
1. Nathaniel Hawthorne Marker
Inscription.
This tablet placed
at the Centennial Exercises
July 4, 1904
commemorates
Nathaniel Hawthorne.
He trod daily this path to the hill
to formulate,
as he paced to and fro
upon its summit,
his marvelous romances.

 
Erected 1904.
 
Location. 42° 27.543′ N, 71° 20.005′ W. Marker is in Concord, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Lexington Road and Hawthorne Lane, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in Minute Man National Historical Park, just west of The Wayside. Marker is in this post office area: Concord MA 01742, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Larch Path (here, next to this marker); Caseyís Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Orchard House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ephraim Wales Bull (about 500 feet away); Bedford Minutemen (approx. 0.4 miles away); Meriamís Corner (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Meriamís Corner (approx. half a mile away); a different marker also named Meriamís Corner (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Concord.
 
Also see . . .
Marker in Concord image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
2. Marker in Concord
 The Wayside in Minute Man National Historical Park. National Park Website. (Submitted on May 29, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
The Wayside image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
3. The Wayside
Nathaniel Hawthorne lived in this house, located near the marker. In addition to him, the Wayside was also the home to authors Louisa May Alcott and Harriett Lothrop (Margaret Sidney). Hawthorne added the vaulted tower study and other alterations to the house when he lived here.
Hawthorne's Path image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, October 7, 2010
4. Hawthorne's Path
Nathaniel Hawthorne image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
5. Nathaniel Hawthorne
This 1862 portrait of Nathaniel Hawthorne hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“One of the enduring myths of America is that it has no history but exists in the liberating freedom of the present moment. Nathaniel Hawthorne's novels, fables, and "tales" were a cautionary lesson to Americans who ignored the past. Ö His writings secularized the harsh Puritan worldview of his Salem birthplace to remind Americans that actions had consequences, both for individuals and communities. His novels turn on the clash of the individual will—from the lovers in The Scarlet Letter (1850) to the naive philanthropist of The Blithedale Romance, (1852)—against the implacability of society and nature. Hawthorne's sympathies are often with his rebels, but his philosophy requires their defeat. It was perhaps the irreconcilability of these viewpoints that led to his artistic decline in the 1850s.” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 634 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   5. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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