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Historical Documents, Biographical Information and Research Relevant to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery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