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“The Battle in the Back Yard”
Review of The Old Manse

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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.
Belmont, Massachusetts
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“The Battle in the Back Yard”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

We had a wonderful visit to the Old manse a couple of days ago. The title of my review refers to what Mrs. Emerson called the beginning of the American Revolution: the battle in the back yard. And if you visit the Old Manse you'll understand why. You can see the Old North Bridge directly outside from the windows of the house.

All in all, visiting this home is an incredible experience. Not only is it the home of Ralph Waldo Emerson, but Nathaniel Hawthorne and his wife lived here as newlyweds, and David Thoreau put in the garden as a gift to Hawthorne and his bride. We were amazed to see the window panes still in the original windows, that were etched and written on by Hawthorne and his wife.

Visiting the Old Manse really brought Emerson, Hawthorne and Thoreau to life for my family and me. Later in the afternoon we visited the old cemetery in Concord and discovered that not only were these men friends in life, but chose to be buried near each other. Although strolling through a cemetery but not be thought of as an entertaining part of the day, there's nothing morbid about this place, and really, visiting the final resting place of these great men is a wonderful finale to a visit to Concord.

Visited June 2014
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Bellevue, Iowa
Level 6 Contributor
239 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Right Next To The Bridge.”
Reviewed 5 June 2014

Beautiful grounds and home. Only reason for the 4 stars was because there was a shortage of personnel and we could not go inside for a tour. However, I know that it would be a 5 star attraction. From the home and grounds one can see the Old North Bridge.

Visited May 2014
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Troy, Michigan
Level 6 Contributor
438 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“On Sacred Ground”
Reviewed 17 May 2014

I've been something of a fan of the Transcedentalists for many years, so it was a thrill to walk the grounds. There is a small bookstore with a very representative collection of works from Thoreau, Emerson, Hawthorne and Margaret Fuller. The garden originally laid out by Thoreau had already sprouted on this mid-May day. We did not tour the house itself (for me, all of these old New England homes have a disappointing sameness). $9 entry fee. (interesting to note that one of the tours was sold out on this May Saturday; I suspect it could be busy in Summer)
We walked up Monument from town to Old Manse, then across Northbridge to Liberty St. and then back to town. It was a very pleasant 2 1/2 to 3 mile walk

Visited May 2014
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Boston, MA
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“History, Literature, and Nature”
Reviewed 2 February 2014

After stretching your legs with a walk at Northbridge head to the Manse. We did. Not expecting too much we thought we would just peek in but the bookstore was amazing and we decided to take the tour. Very interesting especially if you love Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau. Especially the poetry carved in glass and the writing desks.

Visited October 2013
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Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Level 5 Contributor
29 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Disappointing tour guide”
Reviewed 19 December 2013

Our tour guide was AWFUL! My boyfriend and I were the last tour at 4pm and he was trying to convince us not to take it so he could go home early! We had to insist on going through because we were interested in the house and the time Hawthorne spent in it. He was cranky the whole time through, gave us no information, and pouted the whole time! Unbelievable coming from a 60 year old man! I will go again next year in the hopes of being able to enjoy a tour with someone else. Cost was $9, $8 with a student ID (I think).

Visited July 2013
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