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Ralph Waldo Emerson House

Address: 28 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, MA 01742
Phone Number: 978 369 2236
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Ranked #8 of 13 Attractions in Concord
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural

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Canton, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Absolutely a must see. The tour guide was so knowledgeable and answered every question we had. Wish we could go back.

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Burlington Flats, New York
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57 reviews 57 reviews
25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This home, which we learned on the tour is still privately owned by the family, has limited hours. When open, there is an ongoing tour which means you join in where they are on the tour and then continue until you have seen and heard it all. You must ring the doorbell, and then the hostess answers in costume. Very... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I have visited this home 2 times. The home has a lot of interesting artifacts. The staff is nice but the tour feels a bit rote and scripted. My friend really enjoyed all the books on display and the knowledge of the staff.

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Lewisburg, West Virginia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
4 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Good thing we ignored some of the other reviews. The docents were very friendly and informative. The 1 1/2 hr. guided tour was super. The house is still owned by Emerson descendants, and we are concerned that not enough attention is devoted to the preservation of this important landmark and its contents. Don't miss the Concord Museum across the street.

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Centennial, Colorado, United States
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55 reviews 55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Emerson's writings about individualism and self reliance are recalled in the tour of his home in Concord. The 19th century four square home is open for guided tours by a knowledgeable staff. The house is mostly furnished with items from Waldo Emerson and his family and in some cases such as his dressing coats and hats which seem to be... More 

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68 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Unfortunately when I drove here, it wasn't open for visitors, which was a real disappointment. I wish it was.

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New Jersey
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58 reviews 58 reviews
23 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

We were in Concord for a wedding and decided to visit some of the special places there and we are pleased we did! My husband study Emerson in college, thus, he was thrilled to visit his home and the Concord museum. The tour guides are wonderful and provided excellent information on the house and Emerson & his family for about... More 

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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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