Sarah Orne Jewett House

Annie Adams Fields

Annie Adams Fields (June 6, 1834-January 5, 1915) was a writer, society hostess, philanthropist, and social reformer. She was a proponent of women’s rights, notably suffrage and the right to earn a medical degree.

With her husband, publisher James T. Fields, Annie Fields established a highly sought-after literary salon at their home on Boston’s Charles Street. After the death of her husband, Annie Fields began a decades-long relationship with Sarah Orne Jewett. While the two moved through society as a couple, Annie seldom accompanied her partner Sarah to South Berwick. She usually remained at her Boston home or her summer home in Manchester, Massachusetts, or visited friends during these months apart.