"the antiquary of days to come, among the sites memorable in the town’s history, shall point out the locality of THE TOWN-PUMP!"

This is a reference to the short story ‘A Rill from the Town-Pump’ which, though one of Hawthorne’s slightest works, was perhaps the one for which he was best known prior to The Scarlet Letter. The tale takes the form of a monologue delivered by the town pump of the title and offers a light excursion through Salem’s local history and stock characters. Read it below.