The Old Manse

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269 Monument Street, Concord, MA, USA

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Be Inspired at the Old Manse May 08, 2012
Political revolutions weren’t the only revolutions that started in Concord. The Old Manse played an important role in the revolutionary Transcendentalist movement as home to both Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, as well as a regular meeting place for Bronson Alcott (a neighbor and father of Louisa May), Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller. Here Emerson found the inspiration for his essay “Nature” while Hawthorne penned a tribute to the place called “Mosses from an Old Manse.”

Now I will be the first to admit that I’m not very familiar with the whole Transcendentalist movement, though I have heard of Emerson and Thoreau, and have read few works by Hawthorne. (And if there are any Hawthorne fans reading this, I highly recommend a trip to Salem, MA to tour Hawthorne’s House of the Seven Gables.) However, I loved the whole historical aspect of the house (built in 1770), and the connection to the past illustrated by the poems etched into the window panes by Hawthorne and his wife Sophia. And I also agreed with some of the house’s famous residents that the pictures of the various ministers in the upstairs hall have got to go! Even if the house was in fact built for a minister, (William Emerson – grandfather of Ralph Waldo) those dour faces aren’t exactly the warmest in home décor.

Access to the grounds is free. House tours are given hourly. Prices are as follows: Adult $8; Child (6-12) $5; Senior & Students with ID $7; Family (2 adults and up to 3 minor children) $25; Group tours $6 per person (min 10 people; advance reservations required).
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