At Brook Farm Inn, we’re always interested in literary links to the original Brook Farm, for which the inn was named. Brook Farm was a utopian farm experiment — the original hippie commune, perhaps — that was founded by the Transcendentalists in the 1840’s. Hawthorne, Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and other famous intellectuals of the era were involved. Nathaniel Hawthorne immortalized the farm in The Blithedale Romance, a fictionalized account . (You’ll find a copy in each of our guest rooms.) The photo shows how the site looks today, in what is now West Roxbury.
This summer, The Mount is presenting a series of literary lectures, Mondays at 4 PM. They all sound fascinating. The one that connects most to Brook Farm is the lecture about Eden’s Outcasts, a dual biography of Louisa May Alcott and her father, Bronson Alcott. Although not involved with Brook Farm, they were part of the Transcendentalist community, and their lives were fascinating. We recommend the book, and the lecture!