Patriots of Color

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? To learn more, follow the Patriots of Color link.


The Authors who made The Wayside Home:

The Wayside was home to three literary families:

The Alcott family made this home from 1845 to 1848. Bronson and Abigail Alcott had four children: Anna, Louisa, Elizabeth and Abigail May. Louisa is known for her many publications, including Little Women.

The Hawthorne family owned the house from 1852 to 1870. Author Nathaniel Hawthorne and his wife Sophia had three children: Una, Julian and Rose.

The Lothrop family owned The Wayside for over 80 years, from 1882 to 1965. Author Harriett Lothrop, who wrote under the pen name of Margaret Sidney, and her publisher husband Daniel Lothrop purchased the house because of it literary and historical importance. Their daughter Margaret, born in the house in 1884, was instrumental in preserving the house through most of the 20th century, selling it to the U.S. Government, Department of the Interior, National Park Service in 1965.

Last updated: May 24, 2016

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