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“The Tanking of a Transcendental Trek”
Review of Thoreau House

Thoreau House
Ranked #12 of 31 things to do in Concord
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Owner description: A replica of the house Thoreau lived in for his two-year sojourn at Walden Pond.
Chicago, Illinois
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“The Tanking of a Transcendental Trek”
Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

I admit it. I came to the woods, to Concord, heck to Massachusetts, on a geeky whim to see the houses of some of my literary favorites. My soul desire was to see the woods and the pond where Thoreau trekked out the days between ant colony observations. So, almost like Thoreau, I parked my car in downtown Concord and walked to Walden Pond to see the house replica and statue. I would love to give it five stars, but the fact that it's situated next to a busy parking lot, not far from the overflowing garbage cans, killed this visit for me. The cabin and statue feel like an afterthought to the carloads of tourists coming for the beach on the lake. I almost wish they would put it next to the house site, but I imagine it's easier to keep an eye out on both cabin and statue where it is. Between screaming kids and yelling parents, you won't get a moment not reverance here... go to the cabin site for some of that (but only some). And so I went to the woods, deliberately, but left not for the reason I came, yet even more deliberately!

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New York City, New York
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“This was the place...or at least”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

LIKE the place where Thoreau built with his hands and used as his base for observations. The replica is just the way he described it, and it brings what you've read alive.

The actual house site is a few minutes walk away along the pond, surprisingly close to the railroad tracks that were there when T was, too. Visit it, see if there's any inspiration, and continue around the pond 1.7 miles.

Visited May 2014
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Stow, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Small, histroical but not much to see”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

This is a VERY small house. More like a shed. Interesting to see that Thoreau lived in such simple surroundings. Nice context for Walden Pond but not really a destinat6ion by itself.

Visited December 2013
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Easton, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Small but hefty piece of history”
Reviewed 19 October 2013 via mobile

Visit it. Free. And enjoy walden pond while you are there. Such a huge part of American history. Great to see the replica; the real inside Concord museum, go see that too.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
“Interesting”
Reviewed 13 August 2012

Very interesting to see and read about. Only have to see this once. But its definitely worth a trek. Stop by Walden Pond for sure.

Visited November 2011
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