Statement of Significance (as of designation - November 11, 1971):
"Virtue is always rewarded by wealth and honor." Horatio Alger indoctrinated an enormous 19th century juvenile audience with this comforting assurance in works such as "Ragged Dick" (1867) and "Tattered Tom" (1871). Alger's popular rags-to-riches books reflected and reinforced the sentimental and materialistic values of his age. He spent his summers in this white clapboard parsonage for many years.