We had a wonderful tour (approx 90 min) of the Old Manse with a small group. The Old Manse served as a home and intellectual gathering place for generations of Concord families and historic personalities, including Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller, and Hawthorne. (As a note: It is helpful to have some historical background to really enjoy this tour). The tour guide was engaging and very knowledgeable about American history which set the context for understanding the history of the house, the interrelationships of the families, transcendentalism, and the individual personalities of the many people of historic importance who lived there. There is also a wonderful bookshop staffed by people who knew about each one of the books on display. There are opportunities for tours of the beautiful outdoor gardens and property. A tent set up to the left of the Old Manse was a comfortable and private setting for a group picnic following the tour.