Concord River from rear of Old Manse, facing Old North Bridge; purple bloom is loosestrife (July, 2008)

Hawthorne assisted in the search for the body of Martha Hunt in the Concord River. He wrote about the experience in his journal and used the passage almost verbatim in describing the search for Zenobia's body in The Blithedale Romance
(photography by Terri Whitney) close window
citation: http://www.hawthorneinsalem.org/images/fullpageimage.php?name=MMD2729