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The Old Manse

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Address: 269 Monument St, Concord, MA 01742-1837
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The first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired nearby – and, less than...

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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Open House, free tour day in May

I was fortunate to stop by the Old Manse on a free entry day, part of a celebration by the organization that maintains the house. I was particularly struck by the close quarters... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I was fortunate to stop by the Old Manse on a free entry day, part of a celebration by the organization that maintains the house. I was particularly struck by the close quarters of the rooms and how small the kitchen area was. The house gives a wonderful sense of the times that these authors lived and wrote here.

Thank DarwynK
Concord, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

THis house has more history than most sites. The generations of Emerson/Ripley people who lived here were involved with most aspects of American life. THe only non family member to reside here was Nathanial Hawthorne who did some of his well known writings here. Tours used to include an overview of all this history and involvement. Apparently there is a... More 

Thank Nancy J
Durham, North Carolina
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The guide I had was super informative, and I'm a huge Hawthorne fan. The fact that this was the site of the first battle of the Revolution AND a Hawthorne house made this house super interesting to me. There are a lot of great features that the guides point out, and I learned a lot touring this house. It's a... More 

Thank Amber0927
Spring, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Manse is in its original condition and full of literary history. There are many antiques original to the period. You can look out the window that the residents in 1775 did as they witnessed the "shot heard 'round the world" at the Old North Bridge. Worth stopping to see especially if you have an interest in American literature.

Thank Gumgrove
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

If you like hands-on activities while you learn history then this is the place for you. Next to the site of the first battle of the Revolutionary War, lived in by Nathaniel Hawthorne (with window panes bearing love poems written by him and his wife), has many of the original furniture and windows and decor and books from the house... More 

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Redlands, California
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Reviewed 14 November 2016

Enjoyed seeing this historic place which had hosted R.W. Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Lots of stories were related by a most interesting and animated guide

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

I almost didn't stop here because I was tired after touring Minute Man Park but I am so glad I talked myself into making one last stop. The tour of the Manse was very informative and it was fascinating to look out the same window that people did in the 18th century when the shot heard round the world was... More 

Thank SueMPA
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

This magnificent house was built by Ralph Waldo Emerson's grandfather, was home for some years to Emerson himself and then was home to Nathaniel Hawthorne and his family. From the upstairs windows, you can look out on the North Bridge, where one of the major original battles of the Revolutionary War was fought. You will also see the messages incised... More 

Thank Marion T
Clermont, Florida
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Reviewed 22 October 2016

We had a wonderful tour of the house which was the residence of both Emerson and Hawthorne at different times in their lives. It was a wonderful education enhancing our understanding of both writers.

Thank Lavender8124
Seattle, Washington, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

I was impressed with the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson in college, many years ago. It was very interesting to me to see his family home, and to learn that his grandfather was a Congregational minister, who preached against the oppression of the British prior to the Revolutionary War.

Thank Arlene H

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