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“A must for a literary tour.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ralph Waldo Emerson House

Ralph Waldo Emerson House
28 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, MA 01742
978 369 2236
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Ranked #11 of 21 things to do in Concord
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Bluefield, Virginia
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“A must for a literary tour.”
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.

Visited August 2013
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Somerville, Massachusetts
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“Really worth a visit”
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.

Visited August 2013
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“Very rude welcome, not in keeping with Emerson's spirit.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

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) and was very rudely told no. "Not possible." Then the door was basically slammed in my face. I had traveled a long way and was excited to see Concord, and I love Emerson's work, so this was disappointing, but I would have understood if given a real reason. It was her rudeness that got me. It almost spoiled the tone of our whole visit. Concord was the seat of intellectual and political movements very much about freedom and independent inquiry - so the strict adherence to guided tours of historical locales strikes me as out of tune with the spirit of those who put Concord on the map.

I'm sure there are reasons for their policy, but if you have any special needs, a child or infant, or even just prefer to poke around and explore on your own, this is not the place for you. The staff's rudeness just exacerbated how disappointing the whole thing was. Emerson would not be pleased.

Visited June 2013
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Concord, Massachusetts
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“So much history in this town!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

We had a great time on this historical house tour! It is a must-see when you also visit the Old Manse, The Orchard House, and the Concord Museum, because it ties in all the history from such an important and interesting period of America. Emerson and his family and friends are fascinating! Don't miss the pretty garden in the back of the house.

Visited June 2013
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Boylston, Massachusetts
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“You won't regret touring this house”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

A great house to tour with original furniture throughout. The tourguides tell a wonderful story of the house and the families that lived in it. They provide insights of how it was to live in the day and the many difficulties back in that period.

Visited February 2012
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