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Ralph Waldo Emerson House

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Address: 28 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, MA 01742
Phone Number: 978 369 2236
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I enjoyed this house tour, which had 3 different docents providing info about 19th century Transcendentalist philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson. The tour went quickly, with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2015
Sydney, Australia

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Washington DC
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291 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

We ended up walking around the outside of the house because tour hours were 11-3 the day we wanted to visit. We found this odd for a weekend, when many people are naturally out and about. Emerson was such a great inspiration to others during and after his lifetime, that it's a shame his home is not open to the... More 

Thank M H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Our tour guides here were very well informed and enthusiastic about RW Emerson and the history of this incredible home. Well worth the visit. Be sure to check for open days/times.

Thank melange1
Columbia, South Carolina
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

I found this house tour very interesting. To understand and realize that this house was where Emerson lived.

Thank Carolyn M
Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I enjoyed this house tour, which had 3 different docents providing info about 19th century Transcendentalist philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson. The tour went quickly, with fascinating material about the Emerson family, as well as Henry David Thoreau, and others. Wished I had time to visit the nearby houses of Emerson's contemporaries, Bronson Alcott and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

1 Thank Marsudu
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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57 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

I understand visitors come here in droves to visit this place. For us it was just in the neighborhoods. Drove from our home at Lincoln for about 15/20 minutes to reach this place. Lived again the memory of the philosopher/journalist/poet who wrote the famous concord hymn " By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April’s breeze... More 

1 Thank durgasankar
Mounds View, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Interesting tour of the Emerson house. I haven't read Emerson's works, but enjoyed the house tour anyway. Pictures are not allowed inside the building. Make sure you go through the gardens in the back.

Thank MNroadtrippers66
Cave Creek, Arizona
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229 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Interesting house. Obviously a key stop for learning more about one of America's most important writers and the literary set behind transcendentalism. Tour guides, however, were difficult to understand.

Thank longjch
Scottsdale, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

A great and brilliant man lived here and it is furnished much the way he left it. The guides were very knowledgeable and seamlessly handed us off as we transitioned from room to room. They even explained the "Transcendental Movement" in a way just about any lay person could understand, which is quite a feat!

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Meadville, Pennsylvania
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67 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The hours here seem to be limited to me. We came on a rainy day . The hours were 11-3. I could not find a price of fees on the website. You have to call, which is annoying. The woman answered the knock on the door and seemed a bit put out that we were there but she did warm... More 

1 Thank Amy M
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I was disappointed in this place. The house still belongs to heirs of Ralph Waldo Emerson and is in dire need of some loving care. It could be magnificent and should be.

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