Concord Journals

Literary Concord

A March 2003 trip to Concord by afb

Quote: Concord, Massachusetts is a humble New England town whose revolutionary and literary history is anything but humble. As an English professor, it delights me to return to Concord to revisit sites related to some of America's greatest writers: Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Louisa May Alcott.
Quietly nestled atop a hill at the rear of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is Author’s Ridge, a leafy crest crowded with the graves of the founding fathers of American literary greatness. Within this secluded ridge, each gravestone is appropriate fashioned to the life it memorializes. Henry David Thoreau’s grave is a humble marble stone no larger than a book. Rising up out of a bed of pine needles, it rather deliberately reads, "HENRY". Nathaniel Hawthorne, one of America’s first great novelists, rests eternally beneath an arched marble stone that bears only his last name in proud lettering. Marked by a flat stone is the grave of Louisa May Alcott, the truly splendid novelist of such ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 20, 2003

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Bedford Road
Concord, Massachusetts

Walden Pond

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During summer months when Walden Pond is a crowded swimming hole, one wonders if Henry David Thoreau would have had the same epiphanies he wrote of in Walden if his long hours of quiet contemplation had been disrupted by the sounds of screaming children and bullish lifeguards. Concordians love Walden Pond on a hot day, and the pond is imbued with little literary majesty for many of those who are looking to cool off with a dip. However, regardless if it is the muse for a solitary 19th century Transcendentalist or the playground for spirited children, Walden Pond is a site of great energy and life. It is best to visit Walden Pond in the evening, an hour or two before closing (sunset), when the la...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 21, 2003

Walden Pond
915 Walden Street
Concord, Massachusetts 01742
(978) 287-5477