Concord and Environs

To explore some of the many literary and historical opportunities in Concord, Massachusetts, visit the links below. Note that the Institute schedule includes visits to some of these sites.

Walden Pond State Reservation

Thoreau Farm, Birthplace of Henry David Thoreau (and headquarters of The Thoreau Society)

Ralph Waldo Emerson Home

Concord, Emerson-Thoreau Amble

Louisa May Alcott Home (Orchard House)

The Old Manse (birthplace of Mary Moody Emerson, and, at different times, home to Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne)

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (location of “Authors Ridge,” the final resting place of Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, and Alcott)

The Robbins House: Concord’s African American History

Minute Man National Historical Park

The Wayside (home to both the Alcott family, and, later, to Nathaniel Hawthorne)

Boston African American National Historic Site and Black Heritage Trail

Concord Free Public Library, William Munroe Special Collections

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