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The Old Manse

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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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269 Monument St, Concord, MA 01742-1837
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This 18th-century house was home to Ralph Waldo Emerson's grandparents, and he wrote "Nature" in the second-floor study. But the most interesting story comes from the period when Nathaniel Hawthorne and his bride, Sophia Peabody, lived there. Be sure to see the inscriptions they wrote...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Outstanding curation and tour guide. The house has been allowed to mature (that means it’s a bit musty) but the diamond etched inscriptions in the window panes by Hawthorne and his wife Sophia are alone worth seeing. Not to mention you can see the North...More

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SaraP6159, Manager at The Old Manse, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for your review! We try to balance keeping temperature and air flow/humidity levels consistent for the items in the house with opening up the house for more air flow (and less musty smell). Thanks for understanding our need for balance--we're glad that Sophia's inscriptions...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A very worthwhile tour, especially if you are into Hawthorne and the local authors (not my thing, but the overall history is quite interesting). The guide was good - well spoken and knowledgeable. The etchings in the glass windows by Hawthorne and his wife really...More

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Reviewed July 18, 2018

though this house has historical significance, there's really nothing to see. If you want to cover all the great places in Concord, you can add it on at the end or skip it. wouldn't go out of my way to see it.

1  Thank KG42
Reviewed July 15, 2018

There's so much history, all embedded in this beautifully preserved home, that it would not do it rightful justice to try to tell it, and possibly botch it, in this review. This is one of several sites in Concord that bore silent witness to the...More

1  Thank Carmenda
Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

Really impressed by our guide Amelia. A walk thru the house that was kept up by the desendents. Old furniture, pictures & the house kept the same. Loved the etchings on the glass. All very information!! The grounds were so pretty & peaceful. Highly recommend!!!

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Reviewed July 9, 2018

Tours of the Old Manse will immerse you in Concord's Transendental history. Adjacent to the Old North Bridge, and a short walk from the Butterick Mansion, headquarters to the Minute Man National Historical Park, America's early history is all around you.

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Reviewed July 8, 2018

Emerson, Thoreau & Hawthorne. The big 3 "kind" of all under one roof. Since it stayed in the family through the years and then went straight into the hands of trustees- the house is the real deal. The tours are constantly rotating. We caught the...More

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Sara P, Manager at The Old Manse, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2018

Thanks for feedback on our sign. We are part of the Concord Historic District, which places very strict guidelines on how large signs can be. If we have the chance to change it, we'll keep your feedback in mind.

Reviewed June 21, 2018

I wasn't expecting a lot from this site after reading the reviews here, but it turned out to be much better than I thought it would be. Our tour guide, a young man named Matt, was enthusiastic and had a wealth of knowledge about the...More

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Reviewed June 18, 2018

I did not have a great experience here; although the house history is rich and connected to many local "greats", the tour was hard to understand and frankly, not terribly interesting. The house itself could use some upkeep and unity of purpose. The objects did...More

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Sara P, Manager at The Old Manse, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2018

Thanks for your feedback, Abby. We try hard to keep the house as clean as possible while also following curatorial cleaning protocols to protect the items in the house. Sometimes, when trained staff aren't available, things get a little dusty, and we're sorry you caught...More

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