Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Concord’s largest – and only active public cemetery – Sleepy Hollow is one block east of Monument Square, on Bedford Street. Author’s Ridge, burial site of Concord literary lights, is located here, as is the Melvin memorial by Daniel Chester French.

Historical Documents, Biographical Information and Research Relevant to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Dedication of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, September, 1855

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Address to the Inhabitants of Concord at the Consecration of Sleepy Hollow, 29 September, 1855,” in The Later Lectures of Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1843-1871, Vol II: 1855-1871, Ronald A. Bosco and Joel Myerson, eds. (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2001), pp. 30-34. Click Here to View

William Ellery Channing, Dedicatory Poem for the Consecration of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, 29 September,1855. Click Here to View

A. Bosco, J. Myerson and R.W. Emerson, “In the Palm of Nature’s Hand: Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Address at the Consecration of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Markers: The Annual Journal of the Association for Gravestone Studies, XXI (2004), pp. 148-73.

Melvin Memorial


Contact Information

248 Bedford Road Concord, MA 01742


John Nesbit   October 15, 2021
Beautiful cemetery filled with history. So many notable people lived in Concord, this no surprise. Most visitors will head to the author's ridge area for Thoreau, Emerson, Alcott, and Hawthorne.
Jess McConnell   October 14, 2021
Really well maintained historical cemetery. Visit Author Hill and take your time to see the many historical figures resting here.
Tyler V   August 22, 2021
Cool historic Cemetery! I came to visit some of the historic places in Concord and this was on the list! If you are in Concord take to seconds to check it out!
Anthony Powell   May 20, 2021
Yep it's a cemetery
Caroline B.   May 20, 2021
Fun place to visit for the literary lover in your life. Several great American authors are buried here, and they are pretty close together! Also check out...
Mallory D.   January 15, 2021
Fellow taphophiles rejoice! Sleepy Hollow is everything I hoped for in a New England cemetery with a cool name. There is history at every turn from the...
Christine Ferry   November 4, 2020
Interesting & lovely cemetery. Very beautiful during the fall when foliage is changing color. Authors ridge felt very surreal to walk among some of the greats of literature.
Count Rostov   March 29, 2020
This is a beautiful, special place to visit and honor some of our greatest writers.
Nicholas van Orton   March 29, 2020
This is a beautiful, special place to visit and honor some of our greatest writers.
Anrana S.   March 11, 2020
Authors Ridge. The graves of Alcott. Hawthorn. Emerson. Thoreau. It's actually a pretty big Cemetery. Decent signage leading you to Authors Ridge. Even a...
Naomi K.   January 11, 2020
Certainly most of the visitors come to this cemetery attracted by the famous authors who died while living in Concord. The hill where their graves stand is...
Allen Parsons   September 5, 2019
Apparently inspired by the ideas of Emerson and other Transcendentalists, this peacefully beautiful cemetery is a serene woodland. Immaculately green and quiet (we visited on a late summer afternoon), the cemetery's 19th century tombstones spread over undulating terrain amid trim paved pathways. We found and silently paid respects at the family gravesites of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. Apparently it’s a thing to leave pens and pencils at their graves. I guess it’s a well-meaning gesture, but the dead don’t need it.
Felecia Eby   April 20, 2019
Beautiful cemetery. I normally like to walk at a fairly quick pace going through a cemetery but, this one felt peaceful. It was lovely to walk through and amazing to see the resting places of such notable, distinguished authors on Author's Ridge. Highly recommend.
Ethan Handley   November 19, 2018
A beautiful cemetery. So happy with the work done on it in the past. Historic place too!
Tatiana Fonseca   April 18, 2018
Fascinating place to spend a few hours. You can get a map that details all of the historic individuals buried there. We went on a blustery October day an wandered around ourselves, although there was a guided tour available. Because it was October, the Headless Horseman made an appearance. Don’t forget to stock by the historic church at the entrance as well!
Clotee Lang   July 4, 2017
Historical cemetery. Authors row is resting place of world renown writers, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Alcott, & Emerson.
John R.   June 21, 2017
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery: it's so good People are dying to get in! Walking through the winding paths of the cemetery is an awesome way to learn some history...
Ben Huff   April 17, 2017
Amazing authors in this cemetary including: Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and more. The area where they are located is called Author's Ridge. I really liked visiting here, it felt historic.
Don P.   August 22, 2016
Majestic, serene and a throw back in time to a very different era lies the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord MA. In the rear on an elevated knoll are the...