There are authors of all types who have become heroes, icons, and leaders, as their stories resonate with the masses and also entertain and inspire an array of readers, all these years later.
While we can research these people, enjoy their works and try to incorporate their best lines into everyday conversation, let’s take our interest a bit further. Let’s find out which of these authors’ houses we can and should visit! Yes, these 10 spots that are listed down below once belonged to the greats, and now, they serve as tourist destinations for literature and history lovers alike.
10 Jane Austen's House Museum
At this house in Chawton, Hampshire, Jane Austen wrote some of her most known books, such as Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and Emma. She moved into this place, along with her mother, sister, and friend, in the year 1809, and she lived here for the last few years of her life.
In 1947, it became for sale, and with the help of the Jane Austen Society, it became a museum two years later. When visiting Austen’s home, guests can see some of the author’s belongings, such as letters, furniture, jewelry and first editions of books.
9 The F. Scott Fitzgerald House
While people, unfortunately, can’t see inside this home where F. Scott Fitzgerald’s once lived, it is still a popular destination. Known as Summit Terrace, this rowhouse is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It has gorgeous stonework, windows, arches, gables, and other decorative elements.
The author’s parents moved to this area in 1914, and in 1919, Fitzgerald worked on This Side of Paradise here, before moving away in 1920. Now, 599 Summit Avenue is a National Historic Landmark, and tours take visitors around the neighborhood, in order to see where else this man spent time.
8 The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum
When in Baltimore, Maryland, fans can check out The Edgar Allan Poe House & Museum. This National Historic Landmark has been well-preserved over the years, with many original elements still existing from the 1830s, when he lived here with his grandmother, aunt and cousins.
There are educational exhibits, amazing artifacts (like the author’s writing desk, telescope and dishes) and specially scheduled events every now and then, as well. Edgar Allan Poe is one of the most known writers of all time, so this house and this museum would for sure be a grand place to see!
7 The Brontë Parsonage Museum
Built in the 1770s, this is the house where sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë used to live. It is located in England (specifically in Haworth), and these three spent most of their lives here, meaning they wrote some of their most celebrated works here.
The Brontë Parsonage Museum exists thanks to The Brontë Society, which is a well-established literary group, and a trip to this historic destination will showcase items such as Charlotte’s mahogany desk. Yes, this is certainly another home for those who are into literature to add to their to-do lists.
6 The Mark Twain House & Museum
Author Mark Twain spent some good time at this house in Hartford, Connecticut, and the structure is truly something to see; it has 25 rooms and seven bathrooms that had hot and cold running water and toilets that flushed. Back in 1878, it had an early model of a phone, and it also had an alarm system and a bell to call the help, which both ran on batteries.
A stop to this location allows people to see Twain’s house and the museum dedicated to his life, and at times, there are even special events like holiday tours and ghost tours!
5 The Charles Dickens Museum
In London, the Charles Dickens Museum exists, and it offers up exhibitions, workshops, performances, a garden café and a shop. This museum is also an international center for research, as it houses over 100,000 items that range from furniture, home decor and photographs to manuscripts and letters.
In the middle of this building, people can see Dickens’ study, where he used a quill pen and the light of a candle to write pieces such as Oliver Twist. This man is considered to be a legend, so this is yet another home and tourist destination that is worth checking out, if possible.
4 The Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace
The Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace used to be located on Union Street, but it was moved to its current location in 1958, with the help of The House of the Seven Gables Settlement Association. A trip to this place includes a guided tour of the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion (The House of the Seven Gables), access to Kid’s Cove at the Counting House, an audio tour of the gardens and a visit to the birthplace of Hawthorne, as he was born in this home on July 4, 1804.
An additional perk is that this can all be found in Salem, Massachusetts, which is full of much more history!
3 Rowan Oak (Home of William Faulkner)
Another great writer, William Faulkner, who is credited with works such as As I Lay Dying and A Rose for Emily, has a house that can be seen in Oxford, Mississippi. He bought this place on its four acres in 1930 (then purchased more surrounding land later on), and his family lived here up until his death in 1962. After that, Rowan Oak was sold to the University of Mississippi, so that the public could discover more details about Faulkner’s life and writings.
The property and the grounds are open all year long, allowing fans to see where this man lived for more than 40 years.
2 Herman Melville’s Arrowhead
One of the last suggestions on this list is Herman Melville’s Arrowhead, which is also where the Berkshire Historical Society’s headquarters can be found. Located in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, this spot allows people to learn more about this famed author.
If you go on a house tour, you'll see both a historic barn and the actual home. Visitors will also see Melville’s study, while the grounds can be taken in on a self-guided tour, which includes the Arrowhead’s Nature Trail. Guests in the area may also want to check out the Melville Trail, which showcases spots that were important to this man.
1 JM Barrie's Birthplace
JM Barrie wrote Peter Pan, and he grew up in this spot in Scotland. Here, visitors can see the wash house where he put on his first play, costumes from the first production of this story and exhibitions that include the desk where he wrote his most known piece.
This small cottage also housed his father’s weaving workshop, and today, it has playful elements such as a jungle-themed garden with a sculpture of Tick Tock the crocodile. As the last entry on this list, this is yet another author’s house that many people should think about visiting someday.