Sophia Peabody Hawthorne's home is on Essex Street in Salem, Massachsuetts. The future wife of author Nathaniel Hawthorne was born on September 21, 1809 on Summer Street. She was the third daughter of Nathaniel Peabody, a dentist, and Elizabeth Palmer Peabody. In 1810 the family moved to an apartment here in the former Brown Building. Essex Street was only one street away from Herbert Street, where her future husband was then living. In later life she would recall watching him play in the backyard as a child. There is a plaque on the front of the building acknowledging her time here.