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The Hub of Literary America

Journey to Victorian Boston and see where writers and poets including Emerson, Alcott and Thoreau gathered

Tour Description

Journey to Victorian Boston and see where writers and poets including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott and Henry David Thoreau gathered to share new ideas and influence society!

Learn how local publishers lured Charles Dickens and other famous writers to Boston.

Discover why Edgar Allan Poe rejected Boston as his home.

On this fascinating guided tour, walk in the footsteps of literary greats as you stop outside the Old Corner Bookstore, Louisa May Alcott’s home, the famous Athenaeum private library, and more.

Tour Information

tour duration

90 minutes

tour distance

1 mile

tour terrain level 3

likely uneven surfaces and significant inclines

Public Tour Calendar

Private Tours

Boston By Foot private tours are perfect for family groups, school groups, corporate groups, university and alumni groups, people who wish to tour with their pets, and anyone looking for a more personalized tour experience.

Starting Location

Meet your guide in the plaza at School and Washington Streets, between Walgreens and the Irish Famine Memorial.

Finding Your Guide: All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Boston By Foot Walking Tours.”

Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: State (Blue & Orange Lines)

Ending Location

This tour ends in the general area of Boston Common.

Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: Park Street (Green & Red Lines)