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The Old Manse on Monument Street in Concord, MA

   Ralph Waldo Emerson'wrote his essay, Nature, while living in the home.  Later, Hawthorne wrote his Mosses from an Old Manse here.  Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne moved into the home as newlyweds in July 1842.  Thoreau assisted in the preparation of the home for the Hawthornes by planting a garden for them in the side yard. 

The Wayside on Lexington Road, Concord, MA

One of the oldest homes in Concord, it is known as the home of authors because it was once the home of the Alcotts, the Hawthornes and the Lothrops (Daniel Lothrop - the publisher and his wife Harriett, a children's author publishing under the name Margaret Sydney).  Many of the events Louisa May Alcott later wrote about in her book Little Women took place while the Alcotts lived here.  Nathaniel Hawthorne later bought this home and lived there until his death in 1864.  The tower room on the third floor was added to give Hawthorne a private place to write.

Orchard House on Lexington Road in Concord, MA

This was home of the Alcott family.  It is next door to their former home The Hillside (renamed The Wayside
by Nathaniel Hawthorne).  It was here that Louisa May Alcott wrote her novel, Little Women. Her  father built
her a table desk between the two windows in her room - the ones on the right side on the second floor. 
Bronson Alcott's school of philosophy was in the building to the left of the house.  

The Emerson House on Turnpike Road, Concord MA

Ralph Waldo Emerson moved into this home with his second wife, Lydia Jackson, whom he called Lidian, in 1835. 
They had four children, three surviving to adulthood.  Emerson lived here until his death on April 26, 1882.

  The Concord Museum on Turnpike Road, Concord, MA

The Concord Museum houses many of the original items from Thoreau's Walden Pond cabin,
as well as the full contents of Emerson's study taken from his home across the street. 

  The Alcott plot at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, MA

The flag on the grave of Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) is in honor of her service in the American Civil War.  The stone to the right is memorial for her sister May Alcott Nieriker (Amy in Little Women) who passed after childbirth in France in 1879.  Again to the right is the gravestone of Elizabeth Sewall Alcott (Beth in Little Women), who died as a result of scarlet fever in 1858.  Further to the right and outside this picture are the graves of parents Amos Bronson Alcott (1799-1888) and Abba May Alcott (1840-1879) .  The two headstones of similar size seen in the backgorund of this photo to the right of the family gravemarker are the graves of Anna Bronson Alcott Pratt (Meg in Little Women) who passed in 1893 and her husband, John Pratt who passed in 1870 leaving her to raise their two sons.  

The Emerson plot at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, MA

The large boulder marks the grave of Ralph Waldo Emerson.  The stone to the left is for Lidian Emerson, to the right for
Ellen Tucker Emerson, the daughter named for his first wife, Ellen Tucker.   

The Hawthorne plot at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, MA

For over 100 years it was only Hawthorne and three grandchildren whose remains were buried here. 
In 2006, the remains of his wife, Sophia and daughter, Una, who had died in England in the 1870s,
were brought back to Concord to be placed here beside him. 

The Hawthorne Plot - June 2010


This photo shows the recent addition of a headstone
for Una and Sophia Hawthorne

The Grave of Elizabeth Palmer Peabody - Sleepy Hollow Cemetery - Concord, MA

The oldest of the famed Peabody sisters of Salem, Elizabeth Palmer Peabody (1804-1894) is credited with helping to
launch the writing career of her brother-in-law, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and for bringing the practice of Kindergarten
to America.  Her grave is in the central area of the cemetery, not on author's ridge with her more famous
contemporaries, including her sister, Sophia Peabody Hawthorne.

The Grave of William Ellery Channing II at Sleepy Hollow - Concord, MA 

Also on Author's Ridge, but hiding among the trees along the ridge behind the Hawthorne family plot is
the grave of poet, William Ellery Channing II (1818-1901).  He was the nephew of the Unitarian minister
for whom he is named, and was a close friend of Henry David Thoreau.  He was also brother-in-law of
Margaret Fuller, having married her sister, Ellen in 1841.  He lived a long life, outliving many of his famous
contemporaries, and died in Concord in 1901, while staying at the home of Franklin B. Sanborn. 
Sanborn is famous as one of a group of supporters of abolitionist, John Brown, known as the "Secret Six". 
Both Channing and Sanborn wrote biographies of Henry David Thoreau.

The photos of the Thoreau and Alcott family plots were taken by K.E. Weiler.  All remaining photos on this page were taken by C. McIntyre.  All photos are copyrighted and should not be copied or reproduced without written consent. All rights reserved. 
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