Four literary landmarks are in the running to receive a “Save Our Sites” grant from Tourism Cares, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving natural, cultural, and historic sites in the U.S. and abroad.
To cast your vote—and to find out what each place has planned for the grant money—click here. Voting is open until Friday, December 3rd.
F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum
The Fitzgeralds settled in this Montgomery house after returning from Europe in 1931, and worked on their respective novels — Scott on Tender is the Night and Zelda on the semi-autobiographical Save Me the Waltz. This is the only museum in the world devoted to the Jazz Age pair.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
This Gothic Revival-style house was the last residence of the author whose anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, attracted the attention of even President Lincoln. The Nook Farm neighborhood attracted other literary notables, too. Stowe’s famous neighbor was Mark Twain.
Bronx, New York
This modest (c. 1812) cottage, where Poe suffered hard times both personally and professionally, is the only building from the time period to escape the urban sprawl that overtook the once-rural area north of New York City.
Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum
The museum complex includes a number of buildings, including the raconteur’s boyhood home (left) and the “Becky Thatcher House” (residence of Laura Hawkins, the inspiration for the character in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer), which is currently undergoing restoration.
[Stowe House photo ©Harriet Beecher Stowe Center]