Join us for a Literary Adventure at Home Sweet Home our FREE Historic Open House Day!
Generations of writers and artists have found the spark of inspiration and contemplative refuge in our special places. Celebrate this rich literary history and discover how they inspire your creative spirit! Whether you're a literary buff, an architecture aficionado, or simply curious, we have a house for you to explore. Home Sweet Home takes place Saturday, May 20 from 10AM – 4PM at ten Trustees historic sites for FREE.
Home Sweet Home at The Old Manse
During Home Sweet Home, stroll through the Old Manse on a self-guided tour with interpreters in each room to share stories of Manse residents. In the house and on our landscape walk, we’ll highlight stories of writers and residents and the inspiration they took from the land. On your own, stroll the beautiful six acre landscape, borrow a book from our new Little Fee Library for reading, or express your creativity making art or journaling with our supplies or bring your own. Enjoy light snacks in the Old Manse Bookshop and take advantage of a 15% off sale. Kids can enjoy story hour and games on the lawn. Picnics are welcomed.
Special Activities and Talks
11AM & 1PM Book Reading for Kids: Charley Eliot and the Knights of the Woods - Join us for a reading of this delightful children’s storybook based on the actual early years of Trustees founder Charles Eliot. It tells the tale of children coming together to save a very special place, the forest they love.
Noon & 3PM Old Manse Literary Trail: A landscape walk and talk - Join this guided walk of the Old Manse grounds, garden, and riverside; follow in the footsteps of Emerson, Hawthorne, Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller, and experience their words at the places where they found their inspiration. Feel free to bring your own favorite quotes to share.
Self Guided House Tours
Little Free Library: Visit our new Little Free Library and borrow a book to read on the lawn.
The Scholar’s Seat - Visit the study where Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote his famous essay “Nature.” - Sit in an exact replica of his Windsor Chair Desk. From the study window overlooking this pastoral landscape, see the views that helped to inspire this famous work. Write your own thoughts on nature. If you like, we’ll post and share your writing in the study.
Bring a book to donate to our new Little Free Library.