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“Great House! Great Staff!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ralph Waldo Emerson House

Ralph Waldo Emerson House
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Boston in One Day Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #10 of 31 things to do in Concord
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great House! Great Staff!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

It was such a joy to visit this house with all of the original furniture and such. The staff was also great--very kind and knowledgeable!

Visited May 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Lovely, But Less is More”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

This wonderful historical house maintains original furnishings from Emerson's era, save for his study, which has been transported across the road to the Concord Museum. At several points in the tour, the connection between Emerson, Thoreau, and the other local residents who were part of the important literary and historical movements in Concord, comes to life in interesting ways, from the study table at which they met, to the children's dollhouse built by Thoreau. Unfortunately, the tour focuses far too much attention on minute details of the furnishings and the extended family, as if all of the tourists were half-way through their dissertations on 19th Century Concord. Undoubtedly, this keeps it interesting for the guides, who might get bored with a more top-level presentation, but it causes the tour to drag a bit for those of us who skipped the pre-reading. A humble suggestion: Make the standard tour shorter, and provide an historical and literary summary of Emerson and his guests, tying part of the story in each room to something that is significant about the room, and spend much less time on the marriage travails of the children or the history of each painting or photograph. Then offer an extended "historian's tour" once each day for those who want the complete package.

Visited May 2014
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Concord, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“One of my favorite outings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2013

I must admit to being an Emerson fan. His writings have influenced my life since I was 17. His home is privately owned and well cared for. The docents are friendly and knowledgeable. Much of the original furnishings, wall papers,wall hangings, and even his bathrobe are original. I have been there many times and when friends come to visit from other parts of the country, I will go again. If you have any interest in American literature, this will definitely be a treat.

Visited October 2013
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Princeton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Don't Miss It!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2013

The grounds include an arbor first laid out by H.D. Thoreau and, we were told but didn't find, includes a trail to Walden Pond that Waldo and the gang ambled along. Inside excellent guides walk you through rooms furnished as if Waldo was out on errands and may return at any time. As with Orchard House much is of the HOUSE, not just of the period. It also includes more examples of Thoreau's ability to create -- the little shelf under the chair, a doll house. The totality puts a real human face on the people who created so much that remains relevant to this and any day. Well Done.

Visited September 2013
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Brattleboro, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Calling on Mr. Emerson”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2013

You open the front gate, walk up to the front door and a pleasant lady opens the door and bids you welcome to Mr. Emerson's house. This is the home of one of America's greatest minds, a man of substance who lived very comfortably and extended hospitality and friendship to many of our most famous writers and thinkers. The home is still privately owned by Emerson descendants and feels very much alive. I am sorry Mr. Emerson was not home when we dropped by, but I can easily imagine him coming around the corner!

Visited September 2013
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