- Featuring places connected with my own family history.
- Highlighting places with happy memories.
- Shining the spotlight on place names that appeal.
- Linking my interests in history, travel and photography.
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|Trap Farm, c.1998|
By the time of the next census in 1861 the Danson family was no longer at Trap.
A few years ago I returned to Carleton, fully expecting Trap Farm to be wiped off the map and replaced by a modern housing estate. To my surprise it was still there, but was undergoing a transformation into a modern home.
|Looking across the Charles River to Harvard University|
|The home in Cambridge of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)|
In 1843, the father of Longfellow's bride, Frances Appleton, purchased the home as a wedding gift for the new couple. The Longfellows and their six children occupied the house for almost forty years and entertained such house guests as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Charles Dickens. Here Longfellow wrote many of his poems, including "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" and "Song of Hiawatha."
Tragedy befell the household one night in 1861 when a candle accidentally set Frances's dress on fire, injuries from which proved fatal. Longfellow mourned her in the poem "The Cross of Snow," beginning "In the long, sleepless watches of the night,written in 1879.
Also in Concord was Orchard House, the family home of Louisa May Alcott, (1832-1898), writer of "Little Women" and its sequels. It has always remained in my memory as one of my favourite childhood books, with feisty Jo, arty Amy , homemaker Meg and sad Beth. So I was delighted to visit the house where it was written and imagine Louisa's life there with her three sisters on whom the book was based.