The Old Manse
The Old Manse
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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired nearby – and, less than a century later, Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau spawned a revolution in American philosophy from here.
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Peggy L
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Lively, informative tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and very willing to answer questions. We enjoy historic house tours and have been on many. This was special because there were so many furnishings and elements original to the house. How wonderful to see Sophia Hawthorne’s etched messages on the windows.
Written April 1, 2023
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littletraveler410
Martinez, CA29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
My son and I loved visiting this home. The tour guide was fantastic she knew the history and wove a story to include everyone that was related and who had lived there. Going through the home gave you a good idea how life was then. I also thought the grounds around the house were so lovely and I could just feel the history,
Written May 27, 2022
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spchmom53
Baltimore, MD66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Visiting the Old Manse was such an informative, interesting, immersive step back into history. The guided tour was excellent and our tour guide could answer so many questions from the participants! The house with many original features and items; and the grounds leading to the North Bridge and monuments, etc taught Colonial history and brought people to life …including Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorn. Highly recommend.
Written May 6, 2023
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Lori C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I had the pleasure of visiting my son's girlfriend's family who lives in Framingham. Knowing my love of history, at their suggestion, we took the tour of the Old Manse. Our tour guide was amazing! He was so knowledgeable about the history of the house as well as the history of the battle which happened right in the back yard! I was enthralled for the entire hour! I have been researching to learn more ever since! Thank you so much for an emotionally and intellectually inspiring tour!
Written April 22, 2024
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Jennifer W
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
We stumbled upon this tour when my friend group and I day-tripped to Concord. We are all English teachers and were delighted with the tour given by Josh. He was entertaining and very knowledgeable. I look forward to visiting a gain for a longer or more specialized tour. The land around the home has beautiful vistas, and the bookstore was well organized with thoughtful selections.
Written July 14, 2023
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Brian O
Concord, MA82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
We had a really nice tour of the Old Manse (during the week and earlier in the day the groups are small). The guide had a strong knowledge of the history of the house as well as the time period in colonial america - and Concord in particular. Especially the great thinkers of the day, including Walden, Hawthorne, Emerson and others. Definitely worth the hour if you have an interest in the history.
Written October 2, 2018
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Gary S
Steep Falls, ME103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
The Old Manse is a fantastic historic home in Concord, Massachusetts. It is located a few steps from the North Bridge, where the "Shot Heard 'Round the World" was fired. It was home to both the Emerson family and Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne, who rented it for three years. Our tour guide Penny did a fantastic job in telling the story of both the Emersons and the Hawthornes through the artifacts on display in the rooms. Unlike many house museums, most of the furniture and personal property were owned but the original owners, thus adding to the authenticity of the experience. What was particularly fascinating was the etchings on the window made by Sophia Hawthorne during the time that she lived there -- she used her diamond ring to leave a number of messages that remain to this day. It was also interesting to hear about the experiences of the Emerson family witnessing the American Revolution begin in their backward; the North Bridge was in full view on that April day in 1775. Great way to spend a rainy day and conveniently located to Minute Man National Historical Park.
Written September 3, 2017
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AntTQ757
heart of Texas27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
Staying in Boston area, but knew weather this particular day would be quite bad, wanted to see Concord/Lexington even if we couldn't do anything but look out of the window. The Old Manse was actually open, when nothing else was. Thought we'd stop and visit.
SO glad we did. Amazing history, incredible original furnishings from 1770's. Our guide was so friendly and informative. Hot cider and cookies, too! Recommend to anyone who enjoys the history of the area.
Written January 10, 2016
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Linda C
Moorpark, CA1,041 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
Those words were written by Nathaniel Hawthorne who lived here as a newlywed with Sophia from 1843-45. Apparently they weren't the best renters since they were evicted when they failed to pay rent, plus they scratched their names and thoughts on windows, using her diamond ring. The house was built in 1770 by Emerson's grandfather. I was eager to see inside, but a sign said closed. I inquired at a little gift shop on the left and was offered a shortened private tour at a reduced rate by a young docent. Yes, please! He was extremely knowledgable and passionate about the house, and our shortened tour lasted long enough to see every room and garner a lot of information. I was thrilled I didn't miss this special house. It was remarkable to learn Emerson's grandmother watched the fighting on the Old North Bridge from an upstairs window, screaming at her husband to get back inside. All wives can identify with that! Alcott, Thoreau, and Emerson discussed Transcendentalism within the walls of this grand old house that is nicely furnished and decorated. Some rooms are still being restored, but you will get a real sense of how they lived. You'll see Thoreau's vegetable garden (he lived here a while when he tutored the Emerson children), the pretty Concord River rolling by in back, the old North Bridge, and some lovely ancient trees. Very affordable and a very worthwhile stop.
Written November 16, 2014
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redeco
Warren, MA9,302 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Friends
The Old Manse was home to Nathaniel Hawthorne and was host to the Transcendentalist authors of Concord. The 18th century house figured in the Revolutionary War battle of Concord Bridge as the battle site was in the house's back yard and could be seen from the house windows - a frightening thought.

The house is managed by the Trustees of the Reservations and needs some restoration. They do what they can, but the house isn't climate controlled, which takes its toll on period furnishings and wall coverings. Many shades are drawn and the house takes on a dark and mysterious aura.

Docents are pleasant and knowledgeable and tours are interesting. Several messages are etched into window glass by occupants, and there is the vegetable garden that was planted by Henry David Thoreau for the Nathaniel Hawthornes as a wedding present. Historic wall coverings are pretty wonderful.

The Transcendentalist authors are well-represented in the book store on site. I'd recommend a visit here. Very pleasant.
Written October 14, 2014
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