|Fruitlands, outside Harvard, MA|
Bronson Alcott and Charles Lane purchased the Wyman farm in the summer of 1843 as a location for the utopian community they had planned. A couple of years before, in the spring of 1841, Hawthorne moved into another famous utopian community, Brook Farm, in West Roxbury, MA; he drew on this experience later for his novel, The Blithedale Romance. Both utopian communities failed, Fruitlands after seven months, and Brook Farm after six years (though Hawthorne lasted only seven months). The buildings of Brook Farm no longer stand, but Fruitlands has been open to the public as a museum since 1914. The photograph is from A Journey Into the Transcendentalists' New England by Robert Todd Felton and is courtesy of the Fruitlands museum.
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