Sunday, September 14, 2014

Aloha to New England - America's Authors and Sleepy Hollow

Hanscom AFB is located outside Boston on the road between Lexington and Concord - two historic towns that play a role in our country's independence.  When I worked on Hanscom AFB, I took an extended lunch and ran along the backroads to soak up the scenery.  Hubby and I drove down memory lane.

We found the Thoreau Farm.  From its website (link),

The Thoreau Farm Trust, a nonprofit organization, is committed to preserving Thoreau’s birth house. We believe Thoreau’s extraordinary insights into life, nature, and social responsibility are as relevant today as they were during his lifetime. We hope you will find his birthplace a source of inspiration for living deliberately, practicing simplicity, and exploring new ideas for positive change. 

New England is green and giving.

The Orchard House is home of the Alcott Family.  From the house's website (link),

After moving twenty-two times in nearly thirty years, the Alcotts finally found their most permanent home at Orchard House, where they lived from 1858 to 1877. The house is most noted for being where Louisa May Alcott wrote and set her beloved classic, Little Women, in 1868 at a "shelf desk" her father built especially for her.

The Orchard House just blends into the New England landscape.

These authors are now buried in Sleepy Hollow near Concord.

The Thoreau plot includes a small tombstone for Henry (lower left).

Notice the pens and pencils left on the graves for Nathaniel Hawthorne

and Louisa May Alcott.

Sleepy Hollow is a peaceful resting ground

for veterans, too.

Have you read Thoreau, Hawthorne, or Alcott?   One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash.  Comments are open through Saturday, September 20, 10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, September 21.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City 


  1. We have
    a house here that belonged at one time to the Alcott family.

  2. Litt,e women, alcott

  3. I've read all three. Hawthorne's Young Goodman Brown is a favorite.

  4. I've read all three - the first two in school and the last one on my own. Great pics.

  5. I think I read all of LMA work when I was a preteen :) Loved her!!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Read all three when I was in school.