Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Birthplace

Birthplace of Nathaniel HawthorneYear built: 1750
Style: Georgian
Built For: Unknown
Moved to current site: 1958

This house, originally located on Union Street, was moved to this location in 1958 with the assistance of architectural historian and conservator, Abbott Lowell Cummings. Although it is a very modest example of Georgian architecture, it is best known for one famous inhabitant. It was here, on the 4th of July, 1804, that Nathaniel Hawthorne was born to Elizabeth Clarke Manning and Nathaniel Hathorne.

Hawthorne’s birthplace saw the inception of his life, his family, his work, and his legacy. Hawthorne’s parents had grown up as neighbors and were married much to the chagrin of his paternal grandparents. He was born, according to his older sister Elizabeth, “in the chamber over that little parlor into which we looked, in that house on Union St. It then belonged to my grandmother Hawthorne, who lived in one part of it. There we lived until 1808, when my father died, at Surinam. I remember very well that one morning my mother called my brother into her room, next to the one where we slept, and told him that his father was dead.” After the death of her husband, Elizabeth Clarke Manning Hathorne returned to her parents’ home with her three children, a move not uncommon for widows during this period.