Off the Path from New York to Boston

The grave of Ralph Waldo Emerson in Concord, Mass.
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Four of America’s greatest authors lived in the same small town in the mid-1800s. Now they're all buried there together, just a few steps away from each other.

Ponyhenge in Lincoln, Mass.
Davis Dunavin / WSHU Public Radio

There’s something weirdly unexpected along a drive down a winding country road in Lincoln, Massachusetts. You round a corner and there, in a field, is a herd of children’s rocking horses. The locals call it Ponyhenge.

Lizzie Borden as pictured in The Guardian, 1890, and the sign hanging outside the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast on 2nd Street in Fall River, Mass., in 2018.
Public Domain / Davis Dunavin

For sale: a charming New England Bed & Breakfast in Fall River, Massachusetts. Victorian style, three floors, eight bedrooms. A little pricey at $2 million. But it’s a rare find — because it's the site of one of the most gruesome murders in American history.

Southbury residents protest a proposed German-American Bund camp in 1937.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

American Nazis built dozens of youth camps around the U.S. in the years leading up to World War II. The purpose was to indoctrinate German-American kids into the Nazi ideology. There’s only one place we know of that stood up to them and ran them out of town: Southbury, Connecticut.

Left, comedian John Oliver, right Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton.
Greg Allen and Jessica Hill / Associated Press

For Off the Path's last episode of 2020, Davis takes us to a place that may be the perfect symbol for the year — a sewage treatment plant in Danbury, Connecticut. This unlikely tourist attraction ended up on the map this year thanks to comedian John Oliver, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight.