The Old Manse

The Old Manse, Concord: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, The Old Manse Reviews: 4.5/5

The Old Manse
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Parks
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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travelzoom2016
Southington, CT95 contributions
Closed at this time
Sep 2021
Would have loved to see the inside! COVID closed it but will return to visit when open. Enjoy the plague and view of the home from across the street.
Written September 8, 2021
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traveltheworld012
Rochester, MN10,831 contributions
Wonderful history. Beautiful views from the house.
Jul 2021
The Old Manse is a Georgian clapboard house built in 1770. It was built for patriot minister William Emerson. Here is where pivotal moments in our nation’s early history occurred. Just a short walk from this yard is where the famous battle of April 19, 1775, took place at the Old North Bridge. Some of New England’s most esteemed literary minds found inspiration inside its walls. In the 19th century, both Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne both lived in The Manse for awhile.
Emerson drafted his influential essay “Nature” in an upstairs study. Meanwhile, Hawthorne and his wife, Sophia, started their married life here. The heirloom vegetable garden was originally planted by Henry David Thoreau in honor of the Hawthornes’ wedding. So much history here, one can almost feel the vibes.
Written August 18, 2021
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mvidro
Washington DC, DC383 contributions
Take the tour
Oct 2019
We toured the family home of Ralph Waldo Emerson (also a property once rented to newly wed Nathaniel Hawthorne). Our docent, Prentiss, discussed a series of strong, independent women who resided there; many overshadowed by their more famous male counterparts. One of the most interesting was Mary Moody Emerson, Waldo's aunt. Her mother Phebe held her while her father, William (the "patriot minister"), skirmished with the British on 4/19/1775. Though she never married, she molded her nephew in important ways and assisted others in the community as well. Another was Hawthorne's wife, Sophia, an important painter in her own right. The tour was great -- make time for it.
Written October 17, 2019
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Debbie
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Appalling!
Oct 2019 • Couples
Avoid at all costs. Cancelled our booking on the morning of our stay. Did not follow booking.com procedure, disgusting!
Written October 5, 2019
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Keysergirl
Alexandria, VA44 contributions
A witness to history
Sep 2019 • Friends
This was my second trip to the Old Manse, this time to introduce a former English teacher colleague to the site. If you love literature, you’ll be thrilled to know that the house was owned by the Emersons of Concord. Not only did Ralph Waldo Emerson pen much of Nature there, but later the newlyweds - Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne resided their for three years. Looking out their upstairs window, the Emersons viewed the beginning of the Revolutionary War - the Battle of Concord, another wonderful site commemorating the brave farmers who stood strong against the British troops.
Written September 21, 2019
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SoloTraveler1967
Harrison, AR137 contributions
A great tour!!
Sep 2019 • Solo
I stopped here on a lark and I was pleasantly surprised. A great tour guide took me through the house and she was both effervescent and knowledgeable. I learned so much about Hawthorne and was able to ask questions that the guide answered fully. This is a beautiful setting and so worth a stop.
Written September 17, 2019
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Myopinions2
Chelmsford, MA71 contributions
Wonderful on-site play
Sep 2019
we attended a play on site, it was excellent. We have now joined the trust that oversees the manse, a beautiful facility definitely worth seeing
Written September 15, 2019
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steve f
Newport, RI306 contributions
Wonderful history
Aug 2019 • Couples
We were in Concord and stopped by. Incredible. The guide was very knowledgeable and excited about the history. The etchings on the windows by Hawthorne’s wife were remarkable. They let me play the piano for a short time. An 1864 Steinway!
Written August 24, 2019
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Phoenix095
Boston, MA123 contributions
The Old Manse
Jul 2019
We visited on a Free Fun Friday, which made the trip even more worthwhile. Literary and history buffs would enjoy visiting this restored house. Ralph Waldo Emerson and his family lived here and Mrs. Emerson inscribed lovely little notes into the windows overseeing the grounds. Emerson wrote his "Nature" thesis here. Nathaniel Hawthorne also lived here briefly. On this date, we enjoyed seeing Henry David Thoreau and Nathaniel Hawthorne in role-play portrayals. Worthwhile visit.
Written August 11, 2019
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StonewallBrigade
New Jersey749 contributions
Amazing history
Aug 2019
It's amazing how much history has gone on in this house; not only from the writers and families who lived there but the occupants on April 19, 1775 were able to see one of the opening events of the Revolution happening on the North Bridge from their window.
For the house itself the writings etched into the windows by Hawthorne and his wife was the neatest thing on the tour for me. Our tour guide was great and super knowledgeable about the house and its history. I definitely recommend.

FYI: Your tour will take the better part of an hour.
The North Bridge and an old boathouse (with a great view of the Bridge) are nearby.
Drive to the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery to see the graves of some of the houses' occupants on 'Authors Ridge'.
Written August 8, 2019
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