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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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Great place, so much to learn

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 December 2016
Caleb K
Boston, Massachusetts

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Clermont, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Winchester MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We toured today and it was excellent! A must in Concord and join the Trustees while you are there. Great non profit that you will enjoy so much.

Thank Heather C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Many other reviewers are echoing my observations about the significant authors who found this house a peaceful inspiration for personal reflections Our guide James was a delight Almost an actor as he told stories that made me curious to read more about these long gone literary Giants Wonderful day my 93 year old Mother was helped with a folding chair... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Stopped by during the tour of Minute Man National Historic Park but wasn't allowed to go inside (they were planning an event later in the day so it was closed). There were still informational placards outside, so you could get a feel of history.

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Watervliet, New York, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

Emerson family residence where, right outside this family witnessed the start of the American Revolution. Nine dollars for out of state residents to tour house and can not tour house alone.. Nice little shop attached to the house with some good reading material and gifts.

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