Family: Little Concord's Literary Largesse

It must have been something in the air. Why else would little Concord, Mass., have had such a concentration of famous writers and social reformers in the 19th century, from Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Alcotts to Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau--all deep-breathing worshippers of New England's gentle beauty? Thanks to massive efforts by preservation and environmental groups, today's Concord retains not only the homes of its noted sons and daughters but also its own natural charms. Visitors can pace the floors, walk the trails and canoe the water lanes once frequented by their literary idols.

The Concord Museum,...

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