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The cornerstone of Concord’s historic attractions was the town’s political and social center throughout the 19th century, and boasts an impressive list of former guests. Now preserved as a National Historic Landmark, the Old Manse was originally built in 1770, for Reverend William Emerson, and stands adjacent to Concord’s Old North Bridge, where on April 19th 1775, it bore witness to the start of the American War of Independence, as Minutemen fired the infamous shot ‘heard around the world’.

The history of the Old Manse isn’t only political though; the landmark building also has a rich literary heritage, home to both Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and serving as a meeting ground for other Transcendentalists, including Bronson Alcott, Henry David Thoreau and Margaret Fuller. Today, visitors can explore the well-preserved Georgian residence, where they can admire the original furnishings, spot writings from Nathanial & Sophia Hawthorne etched onto the window panes, and look out over the fabled North Bridge, before wandering through the vegetable gardens and orchards.

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Open daily sunrise-sunset
269 Monument St, Concord, Massachusetts , 01742
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Private Excursion to Literary Concord

Private Excursion to Literary Concord

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Northwest of Boston, Concord is an affluent suburb that has been drawing visitors for centuries. The town is now not only known for its revolutionary ties, but also for its notable literary ties, including to Thoreau, Emerson, Hawthorne, and Alcott, with famous sites including the Old North Bridge, Orchard House and Walden Pond. Now, the town remains home to present-day notable authors, including Doris Kearns Goodwin, Alan Lightman and Gregory Maguire. Your guide will take you to several of the city’s highlights, including Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, which is the final resting place for several of the above-mentioned authors, and your tour includes tickets to explore Alcott’s home, Orchard House, at your own leisure. Your guide will take you back to Boston and drop you off at your hotel when the tour is finished.
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What are The Old Manse hours of operation?
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The Old Manse hours of operation: Open daily sunrise-sunset. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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