The Old Manse

To visit the Old Manse—a handsome Georgian clapboard built on the banks of the Concord River in 1770—is to re-experience pivotal moments in our nation’s early history. Constructed for patriot minister William Emerson, the upstairs overlooks North Bridge, where the famous battle of April 19, 1775, took place. Later, some of New England’s most esteemed minds found inspiration inside its walls. In the 19th century, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne both called the Manse home for a time: Emerson drafted his influential essay “Nature” in an upstairs study. Meanwhile, Hawthorne and his wife, Sophia, started their married life here; the recreated heirloom vegetable garden was originally planted by Henry David Thoreau in honor of the Hawthornes’ wedding.

Members: Free

Adult $12
Senior (65+) $10
Student $10
Children (6-14) $6
Children under 6 Free


269 Monument Street
Concord, MA 01742

Hours of Operation

Friday-Sunday, 11am to 5pm, last tour at 4pm
Closed Monday-Thursday


Phone: 978-369-3909

269 Monument Street, Concord, MA, USA