The Old Manse

The Old Manse A property of The Trustees of Reservations, this National Historic Landmark witnessed the "shot heard round the world," and, less than a century later, Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau spawned a revolution in American philosophy from here.
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Built in 1769, adjacent to Concord's Old North Bridge: Witness to Revolution, and home of Hawthorne, Emerson and American Transcendentalism.

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If you are able, please say the following words out loud. Life. Healing. The sun. Nature. Serenity. Spirit. Diversity. I...
06/12/2021

If you are able, please say the following words out loud. Life. Healing. The sun. Nature. Serenity. Spirit. Diversity. Inclusivity. These are the elements in the Pride flag. They are elements of power and peace. We recognize that unfortunately some people are not always afforded their grace.

Over the past few days, we have received questions and concerns regarding our decision to celebrate Pride Month and have experienced some incidents of theft. We are called to state in plain terms that the commitment of this organization to ensure that our special places are safe havens for all, remains unwavering. It is part of our mission and our founding to protect special places, for everyone. We stand in solidarity and support of the LGBTQ+ community, today, tomorrow, and forever.

If you are able, please say the following words out loud. Life. Healing. The sun. Nature. Serenity. Spirit. Diversity. Inclusivity. These are the elements in the Pride flag. They are elements of power and peace. We recognize that unfortunately some people are not always afforded their grace.

Over the past few days, we have received questions and concerns regarding our decision to celebrate Pride Month and have experienced some incidents of theft. We are called to state in plain terms that the commitment of this organization to ensure that our special places are safe havens for all, remains unwavering. It is part of our mission and our founding to protect special places, for everyone. We stand in solidarity and support of the LGBTQ+ community, today, tomorrow, and forever.

Today we are wishing a Happy Birthday to Ralph Waldo Emerson
05/25/2021
Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today we are wishing a Happy Birthday to Ralph Waldo Emerson

Staff from the Old Manse, in Concord, MA read passages from Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay, Nature, which he wrote while living at the Old Manse in 1836.About t...

178 years ago today, Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne, still in their first year of marriage, looked out the window of Nat...
04/03/2021

178 years ago today, Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne, still in their first year of marriage, looked out the window of Nathaniel’s study on the second floor of the house they named the Old Manse. We know this because on that day, they used the diamond in Sophia’s ring to engrave this message on the windowpane:

“Man's accidents are GOD's purposes.
Sophia A. Hawthorne 1843
Nath’l Hawthorne
This is his study.
The smallest twig
leans clear against the sky.
Composed by my wife
and written with her diamond.
Inscribed by my
husband at sunset,
April 3, 1843.
On the Gold light.
SAH”

The inscription can still be seen on the windowpane in the room where Nathaniel wrote stories collected in his book, “Mosses from an Old Manse.”

178 years ago today, Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne, still in their first year of marriage, looked out the window of Nathaniel’s study on the second floor of the house they named the Old Manse. We know this because on that day, they used the diamond in Sophia’s ring to engrave this message on the windowpane:

“Man's accidents are GOD's purposes.
Sophia A. Hawthorne 1843
Nath’l Hawthorne
This is his study.
The smallest twig
leans clear against the sky.
Composed by my wife
and written with her diamond.
Inscribed by my
husband at sunset,
April 3, 1843.
On the Gold light.
SAH”

The inscription can still be seen on the windowpane in the room where Nathaniel wrote stories collected in his book, “Mosses from an Old Manse.”

American History has often been told in a way that has kept the many experiences of non-white folks from being known and...
02/01/2021

American History has often been told in a way that has kept the many experiences of non-white folks from being known and celebrated. Historically the Trustees has told the stories of the owners of a property - who have been almost exclusively white. We recognize that many other people's histories are tied to a property. And while there is much more work to do, we have made efforts to uncover and share these lost stories.
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This month, in honor of Black History Month, we will share stories of the Black Americans who have lived, worked, and contributed to Trustees properties. Later this month, we will share where we, as an organization, are headed as it relates to uplifting Black history and culture in our communities and on our properties.
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Today we invite you to revisit the inspiring story of Elizabeth Freeman, an enslaved woman living at Ashley House in Sheffield. Freeman sued for her freedom and won, setting the stage for the abolition of slavery throughout Massachusetts. Visit https://thetrustees.org/.../elizabeth-freeman-fighting.../ to learn more.
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Image: Miniature portrait, watercolor on ivory by Susan Anne Livingston Ridley Sedgwick, 1811. Collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society

American History has often been told in a way that has kept the many experiences of non-white folks from being known and celebrated. Historically the Trustees has told the stories of the owners of a property - who have been almost exclusively white. We recognize that many other people's histories are tied to a property. And while there is much more work to do, we have made efforts to uncover and share these lost stories.
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This month, in honor of Black History Month, we will share stories of the Black Americans who have lived, worked, and contributed to Trustees properties. Later this month, we will share where we, as an organization, are headed as it relates to uplifting Black history and culture in our communities and on our properties.
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Today we invite you to revisit the inspiring story of Elizabeth Freeman, an enslaved woman living at Ashley House in Sheffield. Freeman sued for her freedom and won, setting the stage for the abolition of slavery throughout Massachusetts. Visit https://thetrustees.org/.../elizabeth-freeman-fighting.../ to learn more.
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Image: Miniature portrait, watercolor on ivory by Susan Anne Livingston Ridley Sedgwick, 1811. Collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society

We are deeply saddened to share news of the passing of Barbara Erickson, The Trustees President, and CEO, on the afterno...
01/21/2021

We are deeply saddened to share news of the passing of Barbara Erickson, The Trustees President, and CEO, on the afternoon of January 15, 2021. After a valiant struggle with cancer, Barbara passed peacefully surrounded by family at her home.
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She will be remembered for her strong vision and aspirations for the organization. Personally, she championed leadership by women in the workplace and especially mothers. She also avidly loved the outdoors and travel. She contemplated the “forever” part of our work deeply and never stopped thinking about how to make the organization better, more sustainable, and secure for a far-off future that she would not see. Read more here: https://thetrustees.org/content/barbara-erickson/
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Thank you, Barbara, for all that you gave to The Trustees and to each of us.

We are deeply saddened to share news of the passing of Barbara Erickson, The Trustees President, and CEO, on the afternoon of January 15, 2021. After a valiant struggle with cancer, Barbara passed peacefully surrounded by family at her home.
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She will be remembered for her strong vision and aspirations for the organization. Personally, she championed leadership by women in the workplace and especially mothers. She also avidly loved the outdoors and travel. She contemplated the “forever” part of our work deeply and never stopped thinking about how to make the organization better, more sustainable, and secure for a far-off future that she would not see. Read more here: https://thetrustees.org/content/barbara-erickson/
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Thank you, Barbara, for all that you gave to The Trustees and to each of us.

Every third Monday in January we honor Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, death, and legacy. This day of remembranc...
01/18/2021

Every third Monday in January we honor Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, death, and legacy. This day of remembrance is also a call to action to sincerely and earnestly pursue equality and justice, every day. This is important now more than ever.
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As keepers of the multi-layered histories of our properties, and as an organization that welcomes over 2 million visitors to our sites every year, The Trustees must make every effort to create inclusive spaces of belonging to ensure that everyone feels welcome. This is critical work, and by addressing issues of access and inclusivity, we seek to build a better and different future. There is much to be done; today, and in light of the recent violence in Washington D.C., we are reminded of this and of our commitment to the values and principles that MLK and so many others fought for and continue to fight for today.
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#MLK

Every third Monday in January we honor Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, death, and legacy. This day of remembrance is also a call to action to sincerely and earnestly pursue equality and justice, every day. This is important now more than ever.
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As keepers of the multi-layered histories of our properties, and as an organization that welcomes over 2 million visitors to our sites every year, The Trustees must make every effort to create inclusive spaces of belonging to ensure that everyone feels welcome. This is critical work, and by addressing issues of access and inclusivity, we seek to build a better and different future. There is much to be done; today, and in light of the recent violence in Washington D.C., we are reminded of this and of our commitment to the values and principles that MLK and so many others fought for and continue to fight for today.
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#MLK

Summer Camp registration is now open to Trustees Members! For immediate Membership benefits such as Member discounted ra...
01/15/2021

Summer Camp registration is now open to Trustees Members! For immediate Membership benefits such as Member discounted rate and early registration, you can join or renew your Membership during camp registration! Visit our website: thetrustees.org/camp

Summer Camp registration is now open to Trustees Members! For immediate Membership benefits such as Member discounted rate and early registration, you can join or renew your Membership during camp registration! Visit our website: thetrustees.org/camp

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? How about  local, handmade and unique items that support land, historic and cultur...
12/15/2020

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? How about local, handmade and unique items that support land, historic and cultural preservation. Today, December 15, is the last day to shop online in order to ensure delivery before Christmas. Visit shopthetrustees.org!

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? How about local, handmade and unique items that support land, historic and cultural preservation. Today, December 15, is the last day to shop online in order to ensure delivery before Christmas. Visit shopthetrustees.org!

Do you sit in Zoom meetings wishing that you were at your favorite Trustees property? Well we can’t get you out of your ...
12/12/2020

Do you sit in Zoom meetings wishing that you were at your favorite Trustees property? Well we can’t get you out of your meetings but we can at least help spruce up your virtual calls. Visit https://tinyurl.com/y3tn42de to see where we can take you.
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Photo credit: David Kasabian

Do you sit in Zoom meetings wishing that you were at your favorite Trustees property? Well we can’t get you out of your meetings but we can at least help spruce up your virtual calls. Visit https://tinyurl.com/y3tn42de to see where we can take you.
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Photo credit: David Kasabian

Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of charitable giving.And there has never been a better time for you to partner wit...
12/01/2020

Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of charitable giving.
And there has never been a better time for you to partner with The Trustees in protecting Massachusetts' irreplaceable landscapes and landmarks for everyone to enjoy–forever!

TODAY: every dollar you give will be TRIPLE MATCHED by a generous friend of The Trustees–up to $25,000–to support conservation for the public good in your backyard and all across the Commonwealth. Visit: https://tinyurl.com/oldmansematch and thank you for your support!

There are countless organizations you could support on this Giving Tuesday. But The Trustees is the only organization that empowers you to work with your friends and neighbors to protect, care for, and share the special places and experiences that make Massachusetts the place you want to call home!

Today is #GivingTuesday, a global day of charitable giving.
And there has never been a better time for you to partner with The Trustees in protecting Massachusetts' irreplaceable landscapes and landmarks for everyone to enjoy–forever!

TODAY: every dollar you give will be TRIPLE MATCHED by a generous friend of The Trustees–up to $25,000–to support conservation for the public good in your backyard and all across the Commonwealth. Visit: https://tinyurl.com/oldmansematch and thank you for your support!

There are countless organizations you could support on this Giving Tuesday. But The Trustees is the only organization that empowers you to work with your friends and neighbors to protect, care for, and share the special places and experiences that make Massachusetts the place you want to call home!

In a re-imagining of the Annual Fruitlands Museum Holiday Open House and Craft Fair, our friends and neighbors Fruitland...
11/30/2020

In a re-imagining of the Annual Fruitlands Museum Holiday Open House and Craft Fair, our friends and neighbors Fruitlands Museum are thrilled to announce a weekend-long Holiday Artisan Market on Saturday and Sunday, December 5-6. Join them for this festive, European-style, outdoor holiday market to shop for your family and friends while supporting local artisans.
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Find vendors spread throughout the Fruitlands Campus, offering safe, socially distant opportunities to shop high quality handmade local crafts. Jewelry, pottery, glass, wood, fiber arts, photography, mixed media, and much more. Visit thetrustees.org/fruitlands for more information!

In a re-imagining of the Annual Fruitlands Museum Holiday Open House and Craft Fair, our friends and neighbors Fruitlands Museum are thrilled to announce a weekend-long Holiday Artisan Market on Saturday and Sunday, December 5-6. Join them for this festive, European-style, outdoor holiday market to shop for your family and friends while supporting local artisans.
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Find vendors spread throughout the Fruitlands Campus, offering safe, socially distant opportunities to shop high quality handmade local crafts. Jewelry, pottery, glass, wood, fiber arts, photography, mixed media, and much more. Visit thetrustees.org/fruitlands for more information!

Around this time every year, inboxes teem with emails screaming about Black Friday deals, and this year is no different ...
11/27/2020

Around this time every year, inboxes teem with emails screaming about Black Friday deals, and this year is no different except perhaps that fewer people will be rushing to the malls. Many people in The Trustees community already embrace Green Friday as an alternative to shopping, and this year we encourage you and your household to extend Green Friday through the whole weekend. Visit https://thetrustees.org/nature-ecology/green-friday/ for ideas and more! #GreenFriday #OptOutside

Around this time every year, inboxes teem with emails screaming about Black Friday deals, and this year is no different except perhaps that fewer people will be rushing to the malls. Many people in The Trustees community already embrace Green Friday as an alternative to shopping, and this year we encourage you and your household to extend Green Friday through the whole weekend. Visit https://thetrustees.org/nature-ecology/green-friday/ for ideas and more! #GreenFriday #OptOutside

This Sunday, November 29, the shops at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Fruitlands Museum, The Old Manse, Naumkeag, ...
11/25/2020

This Sunday, November 29, the shops at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Fruitlands Museum, The Old Manse, Naumkeag, and Castle Hill at the Crane Estate are all participating in Museum Store Sunday! Shop with a purpose and find distinctive, inspiring, and original gifts for the special people in your life while supporting Trustees' mission and programs. All products are available online! For info and to shop: https://shopthetrustees.org/ #museumstoresunday

This Sunday, November 29, the shops at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Fruitlands Museum, The Old Manse, Naumkeag, and Castle Hill at the Crane Estate are all participating in Museum Store Sunday! Shop with a purpose and find distinctive, inspiring, and original gifts for the special people in your life while supporting Trustees' mission and programs. All products are available online! For info and to shop: https://shopthetrustees.org/ #museumstoresunday

What a year 2020 has been! On this Tuesday before Thanksgiving, we would like to take a moment to share our gratitude fo...
11/24/2020

What a year 2020 has been! On this Tuesday before Thanksgiving, we would like to take a moment to share our gratitude for your steadfast support through challenges unseen by many of us in a lifetime.

Your visits when we were open, your trust in us when we closed, your patience as we implemented new safety protocols, and your advocacy on our behalf help to continue our important work for generations to come. We love to be the part of your day that brings you peace, particularly when you might need respite and relief. That means everything to all of us here at The Trustees. We are deeply thankful.

View from the boathouse by @ happybunny121

What a year 2020 has been! On this Tuesday before Thanksgiving, we would like to take a moment to share our gratitude for your steadfast support through challenges unseen by many of us in a lifetime.

Your visits when we were open, your trust in us when we closed, your patience as we implemented new safety protocols, and your advocacy on our behalf help to continue our important work for generations to come. We love to be the part of your day that brings you peace, particularly when you might need respite and relief. That means everything to all of us here at The Trustees. We are deeply thankful.

View from the boathouse by @ happybunny121

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Commuter Rail, Concord Station.

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The first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired nearby – and, less than a century later, Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau spawned a revolution in American philosophy from here. What makes the Old Manse a special place? A handsome Georgian clapboard building, The Old Manse sits near the banks of the Concord River among rolling fields edged by centuries-old stone walls and graced by an orchard. From upstairs, you can look out over the North Bridge, where the famous battle of April 19, 1775, took place. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne both called the Manse home for a time – and each found inspiration here. Emerson would draft his famous essay “Nature” from an upstairs room, and Hawthorne would write a tribute to the homestead called Mosses from an Old Manse. Hawthorne and his wife, Sophia, started their married life here, and you can still see the poems they wrote to each other, etched on the Manse’s window panes. The heirloom vegetable garden, which has been recreated today, was originally planted by Henry David Thoreau in honor of the Hawthornes’ wedding.


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I could not resist. I had to tweak your video editor recruitment YouTube Video. All in jest. Good luck in your hunt. I pray 2021 permits the reinstatement of reenactments. I have knights, grenadiers, rebels and yanks, doughboys and GIs that need recording. Your friend behind the camcorder. chris
Hello Old Manse! - I know Sunday is April -19th- Patriot’s Day. It’s a Holiday in Massachusetts, - I am wondering if the rest of the world knows what happened on April 19, 1775? 🙂 - It would be wonderful to have it told! 🎶
Manse pics from yesterday, 2 November 2019. Enjoy.
Loving the Old Manse
This photo oh the Old Manse was taken back in March of 2010. The front field was flooded out and made for a good reflection
Our company's January newsletter features the Old Manse:
Looking forward to the nooks & crannies tour; just purchased tix!
Owen Cody pleased to be allowed to perform Mozart's Sonata in G Major K. 283, composed in 1774, on The Old Manse's circa 1864 Steinway piano. "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Almost Solstice Sunset Sunday at Old Manse. And cardboard boat race.
Lots of wonderful concerts under the tent on Sunday afternoons.
May 19 is a memorable day in our literary history. Reading Fiction Blog remembers Nathaniel Hawthorne with some free reading by this beloved author.