Concord in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Nov. 11, 1945
Roland Wells Robbins
Also, on a nearby fieldstone (see Fig. 3):
lies the Chimney Foundation
of Thoreauís Cabin 1845–1847
“Go thou my incense upward
From this hearth”
Location. 42° 26.522′ N, 71° 20.546′ W. Marker is in Concord, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker can be reached from Concord Pike. Touch for map. While not accessible by road, the marker is 100 yards up in the woods from the northwestern shore of Walden Pond, near Wyman Meadow. Hikers can reach the site by following trails and signs around the pondís perimeter. Marker is a half mile west of the park headquarters and parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Concord MA 01742, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bedford Minutemen (approx. 1.2 miles away); Orchard House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Caseyís Home (approx. 1.2 miles away); Nathaniel Hawthorne (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Larch Path (approx. 1.3 miles The First Provincial Congress (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Wright Tavern (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Millpond (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Concord.
Regarding Thoreauís Cabin. American author and poet Henry David Thoreau (1817–62) is probably best known for his full-length book Walden. It describes the two years, starting in 1845, that he chose to live alone in the woods at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. The small cabin he built was soon removed and dismantled for scrap lumber. But in 1872, after Thoreauís death, longtime friend Bronson Alcott (father of Louisa May Alcott) returned to the area and pointed out, as accurately as he could remember, where the hut had stood. Ever since, Thoreauís followers have contributed small pebbles to the spot Alcott indicated (see Fig. 5).
Then in 1945, just a century after Thoreau went to Walden, Concord resident Roland Wells Robbins spent three months digging around the area and uncovered evidence of the original hearth. In this way he pinpointed the hutís true location.
Walden Pond remains surrounded by woods today, except for a modern swimming area
Also see . . .
1. Henry David Thoreau - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on November 15, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.)
2. Transcendentalism site. Thoreau is considered a New England Transcendentalist along with friends Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Bronson Alcott. (Submitted on November 15, 2011, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.)
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