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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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Boston, MA
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

After stretching your legs with a walk at Northbridge head to the Manse. We did. Not expecting too much we thought we would just peek in but the bookstore was amazing and we decided to take the tour. Very interesting especially if you love Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau. Especially the poetry carved in glass and the writing desks.

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Providence, Rhode Island, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Our tour guide was AWFUL! My boyfriend and I were the last tour at 4pm and he was trying to convince us not to take it so he could go home early! We had to insist on going through because we were interested in the house and the time Hawthorne spent in it. He was cranky the whole time through,... More

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Lambertville, New Jersey
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86 reviews 86 reviews
45 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This interesting historic home was built by a preacher's wife. Later Nathaniel Hawthorne rented the home for a while; his wife actually etched things into certain windowpanes. The wallpaper in this house is fascinating; in some rooms, it is original; and, at a minimum, they have samples of the original wallpaper, which is very old. Our tour guide, Reggie, was... More

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Austin, Texas
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106 reviews 106 reviews
57 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This was a informative tour and walk through the groups. We saw it early October and the leaves had turned. However the guides also run the book store and can tell you which are the books to purchase based on your interest. I got 15% off and a cute t-shirt. I had read Emerson in Jr. High School, but this... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
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110 reviews 110 reviews
56 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Imagine a place at the front door where the "shot heard round the world" was fired. Same place also houses the Hawthornes less than a century later and is visited by all that gang. The guide we had was competent but not, alas, extraordinary. Yet that is no reason to skip this place. Take the tour and then amble down... More

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60 reviews 60 reviews
20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

We had a wonderful tour (approx 90 min) of the Old Manse with a small group. The Old Manse served as a home and intellectual gathering place for generations of Concord families and historic personalities, including Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller, and Hawthorne. (As a note: It is helpful to have some historical background to really enjoy this tour). The tour guide... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

We visited the Old Manse while in Concorde and were thrilled with the informative tour. The guide had lots of great historical information regarding the home, and we enjoyed walking around the grounds, seeing the vegetable garden Thoreau planted as a honeymoon gift to Nathaniel and Sofia, and walking down to the boat house near the North Bridge. Although were... More

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Decatur, Georgia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
14 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Dgoldyn is right--your enjoyment of this place may well depend on your level of interest in Hawthorne and/or Emerson. But I can't imagine anyone visiting this place without being moved by the writing etched onto the windowpanes . . . made by Sophia Hawthorne's (Nathaniel's wife) diamond engagement ring. Some are her own poetic words about the snow and ice... More

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fort lauderdale, Fl
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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

I found this to be a very dull and uninteresting house. It is however surrounded by the wonderful park around it which is quite specatcular. If you are fascinated by Hawthrone and Emerson, I guess the house is okay. The grounds of the start of the Revolutionary Ware around it are way more fascinating. I would skip the house unless... More

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Rainbow Lake, New York, United States
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144 reviews 144 reviews
37 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

Ok, so maybe you're not a Transcendentalist (or thought if was a tooth specialist) a visit to Concord, Mass. would not, read not, be complete without a visit to the Old Manse. This house has hosted the likes of Emerson, Hawthorne and Thoreau among others. Being the birthday place of the American Transcendental movement, it is a must see place... More

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