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Mark Twain House, Hartford CT, USA

Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford CT, USA

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PRIOR to the completion of the 25-room, Gothic-style residence (that legend holds was designed in the image of a riverboat) in Hartford, Connecticut, Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) was a persistent wanderer. Having grown up in poverty and supported himself entirely from the age of 12 years, this home represents a period of stability and success in the writer’s life. ...
Walden Pond, Concord, MA

Walden Pond, Concord, MA

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ELEVEN stone pillars and a plaque are all that remain to mark the site where transcendentalist author, Henry David Thoreau, spent two years, two months and two days experimenting with the simple life on the banks of Walden Pond. In his own words, Thoreau retreated from society to “live deliberately, [...] and not, when [he] came to die, discover that ...
Bella Italia Restaurant, Port Angeles

Bella Italia, Port Angeles WA, USA

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BELLA Italia is an Italian restaurant in Port Angeles, Washington. Although the town’s population is only around 20,000 people, its name may be familiar, particularly if you have read any of Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight saga. Based primarily in the small town of Forks, Bella, Edward, Jacob, and the rest of the series’ characters sometimes travel to the larger town of ...
Monroe County Courthouse, Monroeville, Alabama.

Monroe County Courthouse, Monroeville AL, USA

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EIGHT years after the publication of Harper Lee’s seminal work, To Kill a Mockingbird, the courthouse of her hometown opened as a part-time museum dedicated to her and her novel. In that time, she had won a Pulitzer Prize and the book had been converted to an Oscar-winning film. The museum became a full-time attraction in 1991. Strongly influenced by ...
Orchard House, Concord MA, USA

Orchard House, Concord MA, USA

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SO NAMED for the multitude of apple trees growing on the surrounding land, Orchard House was the home of Louisa May Alcott between 1858 and 1877. She lived there with her parents, Amos Bronson and Abigail May Alcott, and two of her three sisters, as one of her younger sisters, Elizabeth, had died from scarlet fever only weeks before the ...

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