Tours of Thoreau Farm, the birthplace of Henry David Thoreau

Take an inside look at the restored 1730s house listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Wheeler-Minot Farmhouse/Henry David Thoreau Birth House. Locally, it is also known as “Thoreau Farm.” Tour includes the lovingly restored second-floor room where Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817. Visits to the house are by guided tour only. Come learn about the birthplace of Henry David Thoreau and consider lessons about living deliberately that we can learn from his legacy.

Vert: Poet Catherine Staples in Conversation with Richard Higgins

Catherine Staples in conversation with Richard Higgins about the importance of Thoreau in the writing of her newest book of poetry, VERT, which is part elegy, part quest, part paean to the natural world.

Staples grew up in Massachusetts and it’s there, in New England woods, meadows, and Cape Cod coasts, that the loss of her brother plays out as a quest across space and time: from a weathervane in Madison Square Park to a rusty pump in the mountains, from words etched on nineteenth-century glass to the track of skates on the Charles River. Place is at the heart of the transformation of loss. So, too, are myth and the lives of New England’s early naturalists and Transcendentalists. Henry David Thoreau’s narrative echoes and enlarges hers. He, too, lost a brother and found his way by tuning ear, eye, and stride to “the living earth,” a new way of seeing things.

A Family Birding Saunter with Massachusetts Young Birders Club


Join Massachusetts Young Birders at Thoreau Farm, the birthplace of Henry David Thoreau in Concord for a morning of birding. We will meander through wetlands and woodlands looking for spring favorites in Thoreau’s backyard. We will be meeting at the parking lot behind the Thoreau Farmhouse.

This program is especially geared towards families and kids ages 12-18. All kids must be accompanied by an adult.

– Water
– Comfortable Walking Shoes
– Binoculars (we have loaner binoculars for participants to use during the program)

ACCESSIBILITY: This event is free. There are fields adjacent to the farmhouse where a portion of the walk will be. There are bathrooms in the farmhouse.

Registration is required for this free event.