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“Well worth the visit”
Review of The Old Manse

The Old Manse
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Ranked #7 of 31 things to do in Concord
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Owner description: 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.
Salem, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Well worth the visit”
Reviewed October 25, 2010

The Old Manse is absolutely stunning inside and out, and has so much to look at and take in. The tour was very well done, the best historic house tour I've been on (and I've been on a lot). Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining! She seemed to have genuine interest in what she was talking about, and not just reciting a memorized script. The staff were all very friendly as well, which is a big plus in my book! I'd definitely visit again.

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Level 6 Contributor
62 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Worth your time.”
Reviewed October 8, 2010

If you are in the area for Minuteman Park take a litttle time for this attraction. Very interesting. You will not be sorry.

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Lexington, VA
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“History bursting at the seams”
Reviewed August 24, 2010

A must-see for anyone visiting Concord: it was from this house that Ralph Waldo Emerson's grandfather witnessed the outbreak of the Revolutionary War. Later, Nathaniel Hawthorne and his new bride lived here and etched messages on the windows with her diamond ring (worst tenants ever!). The Old Manse is a hotbed of history and charming stories about the people who lived there, and if your tour guide is as half as good as mine was, your in for a treat!

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Greenville, TX
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Don't Miss This!!!”
Reviewed May 13, 2009

It's a great tour of one of the most famous houses I've ever seen. Hawthorn, Emerson, even Mae Alcott learned how to play piano at this place. The guide was fantastic and really showed us everything and really painted the picture of what it was like to be there in that house and what many were doing there from the Ripley's to the Hawthorn's where Nathaniel penned the rough draft of the Scarlet Letter and what his problem was with writer's block and what he had to do in the room to get passed it! They even let my son play the really old piano since none of the guides knew how to play and they love to hear music still lovely coming out of such a fine instrument. We only had 30 minutes so they can modify the tour to suit your needs.

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Las Vegas
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A Literary Treat”
Reviewed November 15, 2008

For those with a sense of history, or simply a love of American literature, this home was a treat. Ralph Waldo Emerson lived in this home, inherited from his grandfather, and it became a center of literary and intellectual Transcendentalist pursuits. Thoreau and Hawthorne spent time there as well. The Old Manse offers guided tours for $8, well worth the price. One word of caution -- if you take the train, bring a map so you'll know where to walk. Once you're off the train, there is absolutely no visitor's center or map or anything to guide you!

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