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William Cullen Bryant Homestead Cummington Massachusetts

The William Cullen Bryant Homestead is the boyhood home and later summer residence of William Cullen Bryant. Currently operated by the nonprofit...

Willa Cather's Childhood Home Red Cloud Nebraska

Willa Cather came to Nebraska from Virginia in 1883 when she was nine years old. The Cather family lived in this home in Red Cloud from 1884 to...

Washington Irving's Sunnyside Tarrytown New York

Author Washington Irving designed his Sunnyside home himself, starting in 1835. The grounds reflect Irving's romantic view of art, nature, and...

Washington Irving Monument Tulsa Oklahoma

This monument was erected and donated to the public by Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Norman Wright to commemorate the visit of the great author to this...

Walt Whitman's Tomb Camden New Jersey

Located about five miles from Philadelphia, Harleigh Cemetery is home to the tomb of American poet and transcendentalist Walt Whitman (1819-1892...

Walt Whitman Birthplace South Huntington New York

The Walt Whitman Birthplace was built in 1819 by Walter Whitman, father to the poet Walt Whitman. Today the Birthplace house and Interpretive...

Walden Pond and Thoreau Cabin Concord Massachusetts

Henry David Thoreau lived at Walden Pond from July 1845 to September 1847. Today, Walden Pond has been designated a National Historic Landmark and...

Thurber House Columbus Ohio

Thurber House was the home to James Thurber and his family when he attended Ohio State University (from 1913-1917), and today it serves as a ...

Thomas Wolfe Memorial Asheville North Carolina

Known as "Dixieland" in Look Homeward, Angel, the historic Old Kentucky Home boarding house in Asheville was home to Thomas Wolfe for ten...

Thomas Hornsby Ferril House Denver Colorado

Both a Denver and a literary landmark, for 88 years this house was the home of Thomas Hornsby Ferril (1886-1988), Colorado’s first poet laureate....

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