Over more than three hundred years, The Wayside and its families witnessed and influenced both Concord's and America's recorded history.In addition to its authors, the occupants of the house included Minute Man Samuel Whitney, farmers, artisans, reformers, and teachers.They were connected to both everyday occurrences and sweeping events that shaped America's heritage.Today, The Wayside is known as The Home of Authors for the three literary families that lived in it, the Alcotts, Hawthornes, and Lothrops who added to America's literature and to their home.
1635: Town of Concord established.
1686: First known record of land ownership for The Wayside property.Owned by Nathaniel Ball, a Concord yeoman;it is not known if there was a house on the property at that time.
1688: Nathaniel Ball transferred "half my house Lott" to his son, Nathaniel, Jr. three days before his marriage to Mary Brooks.Their son Caleb was born in 1690.
1717: First deed citing a house on the property, in which Caleb Ball sold the house to Samuel Fletcher, a glazier.
1717-1769: The Wayside saw a succession of owners, most of whom were farmers and artisans.
1769-1778: Owned and lived in by Samuel Whitney, a merchant from Boston.Whitney would assume a strong role in town affairs, which included his position as muster master of the Concord Minute Men on April 19, 1775.
1775-1776: The Wayside was occupied by eminent scientist, Professor John Winthrop during the nine months that Concord hosted Harvard College during the Siege of Boston.
1778-1844: Owned by a succession of five families involved in farming and trades.