One of my favorite things about living in Massachusetts is that you aren’t more than a stone’s throw away from a historical location. When my parents came to visit a few weekends ago, we decided to introduce them to Concord, MA – as in the battle of Lexington and Concord, the opening battle of the Revolutionary war, and birthplace of the Concord Grape.
It was the perfect New England town to visit on a gorgeous autumn day.
We started the day with a trip to Walden Pond.
The pond is open for swimmers in the summer, and freezes over in the winter (I have twirled and swirled all over the iced-over pond once upon a winter).
There is a 2-3 mile hike around the pond. And, thanks to man-made fencing, is extremely narrow. This is not hiking, this is “hiking”. But it is a pretty trail nonetheless.
There were a lot of people out while we were there – many people perched upon the edge of the pond reading and writing. The place inspires intellect.
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The pond was made famous by existentialist and philosopher Henry David Thoreau. Thoreau lived in a small cabin (and I mean SMALL) near the pond and made the small pond famous.
Nearly makes me want to sell all my belongings and live in a hut.
Concord is a literary hotspot – home to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, in addition to Thoreau. All writers are buried in the infamous Sleepy Hollow cemetery.
All the writer’s homes are in town and a short drive away from each other.
We stopped at Louisa May Alcott’s home, which, being a lover of Little Women, I like to refer to as “Orchard House” – the home of Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. Directly next to Alcott’s home was the “Concord School of Philosophy”.
Next we moved on to Old North Bridge and the grounds of the Battle of Lexington and Concord.
It’s a sombering sight, visiting a battlefield.
We spent the remainder of the afternoon visiting the small, picturesque village of Concord.
It’s stores are small and expensive stores, but the streets are lovely to wander around.
Only 20 miles west of Boston, Concord is a must-see New England town.
Just be sure to bring your philosophy book so you fit in. ; )