pear-s-buck-houseHistoric author houses are among the best places to get a fix of nostalgic holiday cheer, with many of them decked out in period decorations. Here are some literary sites where you can enjoy the festivities:

The Pearl S. Buck House in Perkasie, Pennsylvania, hosts the annual Holiday Festival of Trees, with a dozen trees (like the one in the photo at left) splendidly decorated by community organizations and businesses.

In Monterey, California, the holidays take on a southwest flair during the “Christmas in the Adobes” event December 11th and 13th, offering rare access to an adobe house once owned by John Steinbeck.

Step back in time at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut, where a traditional Victorian-era Christmas is recreated as it would have been celebrated by the writer and his family. 

The Emily Dickinson Homestead in Amherst, Massachusetts, is celebrating the poet’s December 13th birthday with homemade gingerbread served from Dickinson’s own recipe.

At the Longfellow National Historic Site in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the poet himself will be on hand to greet visitors during a holiday open house this weekend, December 6th and 7th.

At Louisa May Alcott’s home, Orchard House, in Concord, Massachusetts, this year’s holiday theme honors the service of our nation’s military personnel — drawing inspiration from Little Women, the first half of which is set during the Civil War.

In Salem, Massachusetts, the House of the Seven Gables (Nathaniel Hawthorne’s inspiration for his gothic novel), is presenting “A Classic Christmas.” Christmas scenes from literary works like Little Women, A Christmas Carol, and A Child’s Christmas in Wales are staged in the seaside mansion’s rooms.

“Christmas Stories from Appalachia” will take place on December 5th at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville, North Carolina. The literary landmark is also hosting holiday-themed events on December 7th and 20th.

Do you have a favorite literary landmark you like to visit during the holidays? Let us know all about it. –Shannon McKenna Schmidt