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The Old Manse

269 Monument Street, Concord, MA
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Ranked #7 of 13 Attractions in Concord
Type: Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Owner description: 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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Moorpark, California
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407 reviews 407 reviews
238 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Those words were written by Nathaniel Hawthorne who lived here as a newlywed with Sophia from 1843-45. Apparently they weren't the best renters since they were evicted when they failed to pay rent, plus they scratched their names and thoughts on windows, using her diamond ring. The house was built in 1770 by Emerson's grandfather. I was eager to see... More

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Canton, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Built in the 1600's, home at one time to Ralph Waldo Emerson and then Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne. The windows where Sophia and Nathaniel wrote poems to each other are still there. The house overlooks the North Bridge where the Revolutionary War began. A must see when in Concord. Our guide whose name I've forgotten was thorough and passionate about... More

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Warren, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The Old Manse was home to Nathaniel Hawthorne and was host to the Transcendentalist authors of Concord. The 18th century house figured in the Revolutionary War battle of Concord Bridge as the battle site was in the house's back yard and could be seen from the house windows - a frightening thought. The house is managed by the Trustees of... More

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Salem, Massachusetts
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

See the home of great authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne The Old Manse and view the Old North Bridge in the small town of Concord, along with the Louisa May Alcott home and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where all the great authors rest in peace on authors ridge. Lovely area allow enough to spend the day with family. ,

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 via mobile

To see the desk in which Emerson wrote Nature, to see Sophia Hawthorne's messages on the window panes, to see the desk Thoreau built for Hawthorne when nature distracted him from productivity, to see the "halo" on Rev. Ripley's portrait, and to get a tour from site manager Tom- for these reasons and many more, The Old Manse, arguably one... More

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Long Beach, California
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

In this house many important revolutionary ideas were discussed and the fires of revolution were kept burning. It is also famous as having even the home of Hawthorn and his family for a number of years where he wrote, The Old Manse and other stories. Beautiful house to tour even without the literary connections.

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Inlet, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We attended a marriage and reception at the Old Manse. It was delightful. About 100 attended and it was not crowded under two connecting tents. The environment was first rate. We wandered around cutting and perennial gardens. The colonial meeting house, off limits, is stately and beautifully landscaped. Some of the guests played games behind the house on a beautiful... More

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Belmont, Massachusetts
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We had a wonderful visit to the Old manse a couple of days ago. The title of my review refers to what Mrs. Emerson called the beginning of the American Revolution: the battle in the back yard. And if you visit the Old Manse you'll understand why. You can see the Old North Bridge directly outside from the windows of... More

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Bellevue, Iowa
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Beautiful grounds and home. Only reason for the 4 stars was because there was a shortage of personnel and we could not go inside for a tour. However, I know that it would be a 5 star attraction. From the home and grounds one can see the Old North Bridge.

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Braintree, Massachusetts
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

I've been something of a fan of the Transcedentalists for many years, so it was a thrill to walk the grounds. There is a small bookstore with a very representative collection of works from Thoreau, Emerson, Hawthorne and Margaret Fuller. The garden originally laid out by Thoreau had already sprouted on this mid-May day. We did not tour the house... More

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