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“Lovely...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Bedford Street, Concord, MA
978 318 3233
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Ranked #4 of 13 Attractions in Concord
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Owner description: Nineteenth-century luminaries such as Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau are buried here.
Dallas, Texas
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“Lovely...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

I assumed this would be an old, run-down cemetery given its age, but it was surprisingly well-kept, very large and quiet. This was really a beautiful place to walk through. We got lost while trying to find Author's Ridge, but didn't mind given how still and peaceful was our experience.

Note: once you are on the correct side of the cemetery for Author's Ridge, you will see a few stone markers pointing the way. They somewhat blend in with the headstones so pay attention. Also, once up on Author's Ridge, there is an additional marker pointing the way to Emerson's grave. We didn't see this at first and spent quite a bit of time looking for it. Thoreau, Alcott and Hawthorne are all very close together.

Visited April 2013
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Stow
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“Peaceful Setting for America's Authors at Rest”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Visited Authors' Ridge in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord MA in April while still cold outside. Was not sure which entrance to use, but once inside (via car w/elderly parent), you simply follow the narrow road uphill. I recommend going mid-week rather than weekends to avoid crowds...the only others present were 3 small groupings of visitors and one or two local elementary school classes. Peaceful and scenic; very appropriate setting for America's great authors to rest. Only problem was getting back to main road; two of the three gates were closed, so we had to use the road marked "do not enter" to exit the way we entered!

Visited April 2013
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Warminster, United Kingdom
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“Sleepy Hollow Cemetery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

We visited early on a beautiful sunny moprning. The Cemetery is beautifully laid out, immaculately kept with squirrels busily gathering nuts. we went because we wanted to visit Authors Ridge where the family plots of Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorn, Ralph Waldo Emerson & Henry David Thoreau are to be found. It was a very moving experience in a tranquil place.

Visited September 2012
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Boxborough
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“Wondrous and Great!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

Where else can you find the graves of 4 great American Authors on the same ridge? Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is truly a special place. It is a peaceful beautiful setting not only for Thoreau, Hawthorne, Emerson and Alcott, but for Ephraim Wales Bull (originator of the Concord Grape) and Daniel Chester French (sculptor of the Minute Man at the Old North Bridge and the seated Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.).
There are also several monument carvings by French in the cemetery as well, especially a moving monument to 4 brothers who all lost their lives in the civil war.
This is a wonderful place. You must visit it.

Visited February 2013
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Massachusetts
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“A lovely walk”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Authors Ridge highlights this beautiful, serene graveyard. The memorials are moving and the landscaping and caretaking very impressive.

Visited July 2012
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