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The Old Manse

269 Monument St, Concord, MA 01742-1837
+1 978-369-3909
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The first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired nearby – and, less than a century later, Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau spawned a revolution in American philosophy from here.
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“diamond ring” (4 reviews)
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269 Monument St, Concord, MA 01742-1837
+1 978-369-3909

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nathaniel Hawthorne lived here the first three years of his marriage and it was lovely to see the etchings the couple made on the glass panes with her diamond engagement ring. It brought history into perspective as did the tour guide who spoke of the...More

Thank Thelmadee
Reviewed 3 September 2017

The Old Manse is a fantastic historic home in Concord, Massachusetts. It is located a few steps from the North Bridge, where the "Shot Heard 'Round the World" was fired. It was home to both the Emerson family and Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne, who rented...More

3  Thank Gary S
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

I drove up especially to learn about the transcendalist such as Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, and others. Halfway through the tour, I realized I should have gone to the Emerson house, but that was already closed. The people in the bookstore were very nice and knowledgeable,...More

Thank Peter F
Reviewed 16 August 2017

My wife wanted to see an example of an old building. The tour guide spoke a lot about Emerson and Thoreau, but it was still interesting. A bit pricey for a tour but fun all the same.

Thank Joe P
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Great tour led by well informed guide of historical home next to the North Bridge. Comfortable 40 minute tour of actual home of Ralph WaldoEmerson, Nathanael Hawthornr

Thank spednewengland
Reviewed 5 August 2017

Visiting this house on a "Free Fun Friday" ---- folks walked freely into rooms. The staff that occupied each room presented the history of that room. My friend and I, as we both love older homes in New England, enjoyed talking with various staff members...More

1  Thank Queensabode
Reviewed 24 July 2017

This home is located just south of the battlefield at Concord. It is steps away from the bridge and minuteman statue. It is a beautifully kept piece of property with a rock wall and little dock and boat house. I was sad that it was...More

1  Thank Go2theZoo
Reviewed 4 July 2017

This a house where the old cliche stands ("If these walls could talk..."). Witness to the battle of Old North Bridge, home for Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sr., and the newlyweds Sophia and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Thank I M
Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

This home was a good tour and worth seeing. The main highlights include the writing in the glass of the windows in two of the rooms from the Hawthorne family & the view of the North Bridge. Our guide was good and informative. The site...More

2  Thank PresidentsTraveler
Reviewed 23 May 2017

I was fortunate to stop by the Old Manse on a free entry day, part of a celebration by the organization that maintains the house. I was particularly struck by the close quarters of the rooms and how small the kitchen area was. The house...More

Thank DarwynK
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