Originally standing at 27 Union Street, this Georgian townhouse was the setting of many important moments for Nathaniel Hawthorne and his family. It was built for his great-grandfather, Jonathan Phelps, in 1750. In 1775, his father, Captain Nathaniel Hathorne was born inside the home, and it’s where he married Elizabeth Clark Manning 26 years later. On July 4th, 1804, their son Nathaniel Hawthorne was born in the left-side second-story bedroom. After the death of his father in 1808, a young Hawthorne moved with his mother and sisters to the Manning family home a few blocks away. The house was eventually brought to our site by truck in 1958 to avoid demolition.
This Cat’s Meow model showcases the preserved Georgian architecture of the Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace, from its symmetrical window placement, to its gambrel roof and central chimney. It’s the perfect addition to your Cat’s Meow village. Make sure to keep an eye out for the signature black cat featured on each piece.