Whether lounging by the beach, pool, lake or air conditioning unit, avid readers likely have a book in hand at all times. That’s one of the perks of sweltering summers: extra time for languid afternoons and books. Then again, summer is also about vacationing and taking full advantage of those long weekends. This got me thinking and led me to the conclusion that the best way to embrace both perks of summer (reading and vacation) was to visit the homes of beloved bygone authors. Here are just a few of the homes you could visit this summer. If you’d like to search by state or author, visit Writers Houses: Where Stories Live for a seriously comprehensive list!
Tao House, Eugene O’Neill
O’Neill’s plays weren’t the happiest, but his home in Danville, California is actually pretty cheerful. The author moved into the home with his wife Carlotta in 1937 and following his death many efforts were made by avid fans of the playwright to have the home established as a national monument. When that effort failed and many others, the Eugene O’Neill Foundation finally established the home as a national historic site in 1976. Since then the organization has utilized the home to promote the artistic pursuits of others – they have an artist’s-in-residency program and have studio retreats to high school students. Want to check it out? Me too! Click here for more information.
F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald Museum
One of the most well-known and eccentric couples in American literary history, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, were known for their large social circles and talent, but they also had great taste in real estate. Don’t believe me? Check out the home they lived in from 1931-1932 in Montgomery, Alabama. The residence is now home to The Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum that hosts tours, galas and literary contests. For more information click here.
The Rocky Ridge Farm, Laura Ingalls Wilder
You might say she was the J.K. Rowling of her day. After all she’s responsible for the iconic American “Little House” series that has entertained young readers for years upon years. Drawn from her own life experiences growing up as a member of a pioneer family in the Midwest, many of Ingalls’ tales come to life when you visit her home in Mansfield, Missouri. For information on the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Home and Museum click here.
Tell us, have you visited an author’s home? Is there an author’s home you’re dying to see? Let us know below!