Historic Homes, History Museums and Historic Sites





Concord Free Public Library:  sculptures by Daniel Chester French, a Concord History and Archive and Genealogy collection. www.concordlibrary.org


Concord Museum:  a treasure trove of Americana including Period Rooms, Emerson’s Library, Henry David Thoreau’s Flute, Paul Revere’s  Lantern. www.concordmuseum.org


Emerson’s Home:  the intellectual center of Concord in the 19th Century. www.rwe.org/emersonhouse


Old Manse:  built by Emerson’s grandfather and Hawthorne’s first home when he married and wrote “Mosses from an Old Manse.” www.oldmanse.org


Orchard House:  home where Louisa May Alcott wrote “Little Women” and her father Bronson had his school of philosophy. www.louisamayalcott.org


Sleepy Hollow Cemetery:  resting-place of the Transcendentalists, Daniel Chester French and their Families among many other Concord notables. www.concordma.com/magazine/novdec01/sleepyhollow.htlm


Wayside:  home to the Alcott family, the Hawthorne family and Margaret Sydney.



Minuteman National Park:  explore the battlefields and structures associated with April 19, 1775, and witness the American revolutionary spirit through the writings of the Concord authors; visit “Old North Bridge”, site of “the shot heard ‘round the world’; the Battle Road; Hartwell Tavern and more…  www.nps.gov/mima 




National Heritage Museum:  a collection of decorative arts, documents, artifacts, fine arts and photographs related to all kinds of American History with particular attention to the time of the American Revolution;  changing exhibitions  www.monh.org


Buckman Tavern; Hancock House; Munroe Tavern:  tour Historic House Museums.    www.lexingtonhistory.org



 Gropius House:  home of Walter Gropius, the founder of the German design school known as Bauhaus.  www.historicnewengland.org



 Adams National Historical Park:  the story of four generations of the Adams Family, from 1720-1927, on two sites in Quincy along with a 14,000 volume historic library.  www.nps.gov/adam


Boston National Historical Park:  Discover how one city could be the Cradle of Liberty, site of the first major battle of the American Revolution and home to many who espoused that freedom could be extended to all; take a guided walking tour of the Freedom Trail, visit Paul Revere’s House, Old North Church and Bunker Hill Monument and the USS Constitution.    www.nps.gov/bost


J.F.K. Library & Museum:  dedicated to the memory of our nation’s 35th President and to all those who through the art of politics seek a new and better world.   www.jfklibrary.org


The Museum of African American History:  dedicated to preserving, conserving and accurately interpreting the contributions of African Americans in New England from the Colonial Period through the 19th century through permanent and changing exhibits.  www.afroammuseum.org


The USS Constitution Museum: yards away from “Old Ironsides” brings the story of our nation’s oldest commissioned ship to life.    www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org




Longfellow National Historic Site:  built in 1759; used by George Washington as his headquarters for 9 months during the siege of Boston and visited by Benjamin Franklin and Abigail & John Adams;  later occupied from 1837-1882 by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and his wife Frances where they hosted Emerson, Hawthorne and Charles Dickens.  www.longfellowfriends.org



 American Textile History Museum:  one of the largest collections of its kind in the world containing thousands of books, trade catalogs, business records and personal papers, prints and photographs, a costume collection, millions of textile samples, and hundreds of machines used in manufacturing with permanent and changing exhibits.  www.athm.org


Lowell National Historical Park:  presents the early story of America’s Industrial Revolution with a guided tour by trolley and/or canal boats on the Merrimack River; exhibits include the Boott Cotton Mills Museum and the Mill Girls and Immigrants.  story. www.nps.gov/lowe


New England Quilt Museum:  several exhibits a year showcasing both traditional and contemporary quilts; library and resource center housed in an 1845 Greek Revival Style building.  www.nequiltmuseum.org


Whistler House Museum of Art:  a permanent collection of 19th & 20th Century New England Representational artists and etchings by James McNeil Whistler.   www.whistlerhouse.org




Peabody Essex Museum:  one of the nation’s major museums for Asian art, including Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Indian along with the finest collection of Asian Export art extant and 19th century Asian photography; the earliest collection of Native American and Oceanic art in the nation- all of exceptional standing.  The historic houses and gardens, and American decorative art and maritime art collections provide an unrivaled spectrum of New England’s heritage over 300 years.  www.pem.org


Salem Witch Museum:  re-creates the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 in a dramatic history lesson using stage sets with life-size figures, lighting and narration with changing exhibits.  www.salemwitchmuseum.com


The House of the Seven Gables:  the setting for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s book of the same name; Hawthorne’s Birthplace home is next door to this famous house.   www.7gables.org


New Bedford 


New Bedford National Park:  visit the “Whalemen’s Chapel” featured in Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick”, the Rotch-Jones House, built in 1834, chronicling 150 years of economic, social and domestic life in New Bedford and more. www.nps.gov/nebe


Whaling Museum:  a whaling, maritime and local history museum with an interest in educating the public in the historic interaction worldwide of humans and whales; 7,500 paintings, 3,000 scrimshaw pieces, the world’s largest ship model {89 feet long}, 750 maps, 30,000 books, 180,000 photographs and negatives, and more…  www.whalingmuseum.org



 Plymouth Plantation:  visit a re-created 1627 English Village; see the Wampanoag Homesite and learn of these people who have lived in S.E. New England for 12,000 years; come aboard the Mayflower 11 and learn of the 1620 voyage of the Mayflower.     www.plimoth.org








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