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Ralph Waldo Emerson House

28 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, MA 01742
978 369 2236
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Ranked #10 of 18 attractions in Concord
Type: Historic Sites
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Centennial, Colorado, United States
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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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
91 helpful votes 91 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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
53 helpful votes 53 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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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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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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