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.
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