Between 20 and 40 colonists of the approximately 4,000 who fought on the Battle Road on April 19, 1775, were African or Native American. By the end of the war, an estimated 5,500 African and Native American men had served on the colonial side. Many more served on the side of the British, particularly after the war moved south. Why would these men fight for a society that treated them as inferior?
The Wayside was home to three literary families: The Alcotts (1845-1848), The Hawthornes (1852-1870) and The Lothrops (1882-1965). Before that the house was an April 19, 1775 witness house. Encounter three centuries of history and literature at The Wayside.
In a secluded woodlot near the home of Col. James Barrett there is a solitary grave, “Erected In Memory of Mr. James Chandler who died of the Small Pox Dec 8th, 1792 in the 79th year of his age.” Although the marker has remained beautifully undisturbed for nearly 228 years, there is much the grave of Mr. Chandler can tell us.
Last updated: May 7, 2020