A visit with Henry Thoreau in Concord, MA

A visit with Henry Thoreau in Concord, MA

It's not every morning that you get to visit with someone who made history in their time.

A visit with Henry Thoreau - Walden Pond - Concord, MA

Today we visited Walden Pond. It's now a state park in Massachusetts, but it was once owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Starting in the summer of 1845, Emerson invited his friend Henry Thoreau to build a small cabin and live on the land. Thoreau is known for encouraging a respect for nature and the environment.

A visit with Henry Thoreau at Walden Pond

During the two years that he lived near Walden Pond, Thoreau wrote  A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. His account of the experience of living at Walden Pond was recorded in his book Walden; or, Life in the Woods.

A visit with Henry Thoreau in Concord, MA

We met "Henry Thoreau" at his cabin this morning and enjoyed a long chat about his life and philosophies. He preferred 6 days of rest and one day of work. Don't we all??!!

Hiking around Walden Pond in Concord, MA

Walden Pond is definitely worth a visit. Besides the gorgeous Pond and Thoreau's cabin, there are plenty of hiking trails and a interesting LEED certified visitors center. You may swim, kayak, and paddle board on the Pond too.

Walden Pond is only a short distance from Concord, MA, home of the start of the Revolutionary war. Henry Thoreau often walked to Concord to visit friends and family.

Ralph Waldo Emerson's House

Today there are many historical places to visit in Concord. Emerson's home and a museum dedicated to him and Thoreau make an educational visit. Concord is also the home to Louisa May Alcott and several other writers of the time. 

Revolutionary History in Concord, MA

You can visit the tavern where the Minute Men waited for Paul Revere's signal, and many other Revolutionary War historical markers.

Main Street Market and Cafe Bakery in Concord, MA

We ate lunch at Main Street Market and Cafe.  I had the best Watermelon and Blueberry salad every! The coffee was also delicious at Haute Coffee Cafe.

In Concord, MA we visited Authors Ridge at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where many famous authors of the time period were buried, including:

Louisa M. Alcott's grave at Author's Ridge

Louisa May Alcott,

Nathaniel Hawthorne's Grave on Authors Ridge

Nathaniel Hawthorne, and

Ralph Waldo Emerson's grave at Sleepy Hallow Cemetery on Authors Ridge Concord, MA

Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Concord, MA is a quaint little town with a lot of history. You could spend several days here and not see it all.

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