National Historic Site
Concord, Massachusetts

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Exhibit on the property and North Bridge Battle

Sketches of the well-known inhabitants

Pieces of their colorful history

Nature Exhibit
Explore Emerson's ground-breaking essay, through excerpts, and images of the scenery that inspired him

"...they left their cares behind them as they passed between the stone gateposts at the entrance to our avenue, and that the so powerful opiate was the abundance of peace and quiet within and all around us. Others could give them pleasure and amusement or instruction - these could be picked up anywhere; but it was for me to give them rest..."

- Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mosses from an Old Manse

No house in Concord has a more evocative atmosphere or a greater variety of historic associations than The Old Manse. Beginning with the Native Americans who hunted and fished along the banks of the Concord River, to the Emerson's, Ripley's and Hawthorne's who were nourished by its landscape and history, to today's visitors who are inspired by its sense of place, the sustaining value of The Old Manse and its inhabitants is evident.

The Old Manse has one of the richest histories anywhere. It has witnessed; the lives of many Native Americans who used it for temporary camps; the beginnings of the American Revolution, April 19, 1775; and the lives of great 19th century American writers and the beginnings of transcendentalism. This site is designed to give you a flavor of The Old Manse and it's rich history through brief sketches and exhibits which focus on the 18th century political and 19th century intellectual movements.