Tanglewood/ Hawthorne Cottage

The Little Red House

“...sat down in Love Grove to read my papers. While thus engaged, a cavalier on horseback came along the road, and saluted me in Spanish; to which I replied by touching my hat and returned to the newspaper. But the cavalier renewing his salutations, I regarded him more attentively and saw that it was Herman Melville!“ ~Nathaniel Hawthorne on Herman Melville’s 32nd birthday surprise visit.

Safe to say Melville did not picnic while enjoying the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood in the 19th century. The Hawthorne Cottage is actually a replica of the original “Little Red House” that in 1850 Hawthorne and his family moved into. During their 18 months in the cottage, Hawthorne completed The Wonder Book, The House of The Seven Gables and began the Tanglewood Tales. He also welcomed his friend Herman Melville several times to visit.

The Cottage is not open for public viewing, however during Tanglewood’s summer season visitors can see the replica.