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Ralph Waldo Emerson House

28 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, MA 01742
978 369 2236
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Ranked #9 of 18 attractions in Concord
Type: Historic Sites
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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We enjoyed seeing the home with the furniture and articles as used by the Emerson family. The doll house in the girls' bedroom was delightful. The tour guides made the house come alive with their stories about the family and also Thoreau who was a frequent visitor.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

It was such a joy to visit this house with all of the original furniture and such. The staff was also great--very kind and knowledgeable!

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Los Angeles, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

This wonderful historical house maintains original furnishings from Emerson's era, save for his study, which has been transported across the road to the Concord Museum. At several points in the tour, the connection between Emerson, Thoreau, and the other local residents who were part of the important literary and historical movements in Concord, comes to life in interesting ways, from... More

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Concord, Massachusetts
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31 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

I must admit to being an Emerson fan. His writings have influenced my life since I was 17. His home is privately owned and well cared for. The docents are friendly and knowledgeable. Much of the original furnishings, wall papers,wall hangings, and even his bathrobe are original. I have been there many times and when friends come to visit from... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
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45 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

The grounds include an arbor first laid out by H.D. Thoreau and, we were told but didn't find, includes a trail to Walden Pond that Waldo and the gang ambled along. Inside excellent guides walk you through rooms furnished as if Waldo was out on errands and may return at any time. As with Orchard House much is of the... More

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Keene, New Hampshire
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48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

You open the front gate, walk up to the front door and a pleasant lady opens the door and bids you welcome to Mr. Emerson's house. This is the home of one of America's greatest minds, a man of substance who lived very comfortably and extended hospitality and friendship to many of our most famous writers and thinkers. The home... More

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Hanover, New Hampshire
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

This house is really special. It's filled with authentic pieces; loved the different beds, one is beautifully painted and stenciled and ropes kept the bed firm (no box springs then). Little touches like the back splash cloth above the basin tables are unique. The guides (upstairs and down) are excellent.

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Bluefield, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

Mr. Emerson was the darling of Concord. Parking isn't the easiest but if you are able to walk, you'll be ok. Handicap spaces weren't available.

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

The house is beautiful, and filled with family furnishings. Good tour guides, and I liked that the family still owns the house! Worth a visit for Emerson fans, and actually anyone who likes history, literature, old houses.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013 via mobile

I was very disappointed by Emerson house. It is only possible to visit via a guided tour, which lasts thirty-five minutes. I was visiting Concord with my baby, who would have had to wait outside with his father, so I thought thirty-five minutes too long. I asked if it was possible to just do a quick visit (at full price)... More

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