The original cover (1952) of Shirley Jackson's fictionalized memoir of her family's life in North Bennington, at left.
In the style of a cover for The New Yorker, the illustration depicts a house quite like the one on Prospect Street in which Shirley Jackson and her husband, Stanley Edgar Hyman, raised their children. The house is the second above Mechanic Street on the left, as one ascends the Prospect hill. Its Greek Revival front remains the same as when the Hyman family lived there in the late 1940s and early 1950s. She wrote The Lottery in the Prospect Street house. The family later moved to Main Street, two houses uphill from the current Post Office.