The Cape Cod Home of the Woman Who Wrote 'America the Beautiful'

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts

Price: $995,000

While spending a summer teaching English in the mountains of Colorado in 1893, Massachusetts native Katharine Lee Bates penned the words to the now-famous patriotic song "America the Beautiful." The song would go on to challenge the "Star-Spangled Banner" for the title of national anthem, yet few people are familiar with Bates. Perhaps that's why her childhood home, a beautifully restored Colonial in Falmouth, Massachusetts, doesn't attract Kennedy Compound type attention or prices. The 2,400-square-foot, four-bedroom house sits on a quarter acre of lawn, surrounded by mature trees, within easy walking distance of town, but still comes in just under $1,000,000. Not bad for the quintessential New England house with a dose of bona fide American history thrown in.

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