Here’s a brand new start-up company founded by two enterprising women who offer in-depth tours of the literary treasures of Concord, MA. Gatepost Tours began last February and is taking off like a rocket. Friends Joan Spinazola and Alida Bailey are the co-owners. Sounds like a great way to spend a summer vacation! Check out this excerpt from the Boston.com article and click on the link to read the entire article.
New company celebrates
Concord’s literary history with tours
Posted by Sarah Thomas May 5, 2011
Joan Spinazola was a displaced Concordian, making a living offering “Mob Tours” in between stand-up comedy gigs in Las Vegas. Alida Bailey was a transplant from New Zealand who toured the Old Manse so many times she was eventually offered a job. Together, they’re Gatepost Tours – a new business that allows visitors to explore Concord’s literary history.
“We just started in February and already have tours booked through the summer,” said Bailey in an interview Wednesday. “Now we ask each other why we didn’t decide to try this sooner.”
Gatepost Tours joins many other groups offering tours through Concord with different hooks – after all, it is one of the most historically important towns in America, and has a rich cultural heritage. And many companies offer travelers the world over a glimpse into the writing life – Spinazola mentions Dickens tours through London and the home of Leo Tolstoy in Russia.
But Gatepost is special in that it has such a wide and significant stock of literary giants to explore – from Emerson and Thoreau to Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott, along with all the other leading lights of their day who visited or briefly lived and worked in Concord.