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Concord in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Thoreau House Replica

 
 
Thoreau House Replica Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Chris Connors
1. Thoreau House Replica Marker
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Thoreau House Replica
Imagine...living in a house like this for two years, two months, and two days. American author and philosopher Henry David Thoreau did just that from 1845 to 1847. He hauled materials and constructed the house with his own hands. In his book, Walden; or, Life in the Woods, Thoreau described his house and its peaceful location near the north edge of the pond. His detailed writing made the construction of this replica possible, and it invites us to imagine his "experiment” in living deliberately.

A Man of Economy
Thoreau's approach to construction illustrates economy and re-purposing. He dismantled a shack for its materials, borrowed an axe to fell trees, and made some of his own furniture. The result was a sturdy house, modest in cost and size, and furnished simply, yet comfortably.

Hardly a Hermit
Though the house was small and rather isolated, Thoreau was not a hermit. He welcomed visitors, and often walked to Concord, only one and a half miles away.

"I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society..."
Walden,
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Thoreau’s spyglass, snowshoes, flute, and original Walden furnishings, including his desk, are on view at the Concord Museum, located approximately 1.75 miles away, off Concord Turnpike.
Spyglass, snowshoe, and flute images courtesy of the Concord Museum

Please follow the Pond Path for a half mile to the original house site and experience Thoreau’s world at Walden Pond.

“I have thus a tight shingled and plastered house, ten feet wide by fifteen feet long, and eight-feet posts, with a garret [attic] and a closet, a large window on each side, two trap-doors, one door at the end, and a brick fireplace opposite.”- Walden, “Economy”
 
Erected by Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureArts, Letters, MusicParks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1845.
 
Location. 42° 26.467′ N, 71° 20.08′ W. Marker is in Concord, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Walden Street (Route 126) south of Concord Turnpike (Route 2), on the left when traveling south. The marker is near the entrance to the Walden Pond Visitors Center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 915 Walden Street, Concord MA 01742, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
Thoreau House Replica Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Chris Connors
2. Thoreau House Replica Marker
are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Thoreau’s Cabin (approx. 0.4 miles away); The First Settlement - 1635 (approx. 1.2 miles away); Orchard House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Casey’s Home (approx. 1.2 miles away); Nathaniel Hawthorne (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Larch Path (approx. 1.2 miles away); Ephraim Wales Bull (approx. 1.3 miles away); Bedford Minutemen (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Concord.
 
Thoreau House Replica Interior image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Chris Connors
3. Thoreau House Replica Interior
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 28, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana. This page has been viewed 398 times since then and 90 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 28, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.

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May. 25, 2024