After visiting Waldon Pond, I explored some sites near there, including The Old Manse.
This house was erected by Rev. William Emerson in 1770. William was the grandfather to Ralph Waldo Emerson, a famous transcendentalist speaker and writer.
The Old Manse is a beautiful Georgian clapboard building. Along the border of the field is a stone wall that dates back centuries.
The North Bridge, which played a role in the American Revolutionary War, can be seen from the upstairs.
This house became the place for prominent transcendentalists to meet to discuss literary, political, and social revolutions. This included Bronson Alcott (father of Louisa May Alcott), Margaret Fuller, and Henry David Thoreau.
In 1834, Emerson lived in the house, and he drafted his landmark essay “Nature.”
Nathaniel Hawthorne, who is one of my favorite American gothic writers, and his wife, Sophia Peabody, rented the Old Manse in 1842. Thoreau (remember the dude from Walden Pond?) planted a vegetable garden for the couple. They lived in the home for three years, and during this time, Hawthorne completed most of the stories in Mosses from an Old Manse. The pair left the home when they could not pay the rent. (Even back then, the writing business was hard.)
In 1966, the home was designated a National Historic Landmark and a Massachusetts Archaeological/Historic Landmark.
Back of the house:
Stay tuned for a visit to the North Bridge.