The Old Manse

The Old Manse is a special place to visit in Concord, MA. It sits on rolling hills next to the Concord River. From the house you can see the North Bridge, where the famous battle of April 19th, 1775 happened. Both Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne called the Old Manse home for a while. Even the vegetable garden, which has been recreated, was planted by Henry David Thoreau in honor of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s wedding.

The Old Manse is a National Historic Landmark and a link in the Bay Circuit Trail. It is open year round and boasts a short network of footpaths that connect it to the North Bridge and boathouse on the Concord River.

It’s a must visit if you’re passing through Concord, MA.

Contact Information

269 Monument St. Concord, MA 01742

Phone: 978-369-3909

Reviews

C L   May 3, 2022
Incredibly preserved historic house next to the Old North Bridge. We had an excellent guide for our visit. Well worth it!
Sarah Lajeunesse   April 23, 2022
Great stop on a little literary tour of Massachusetts. The tour guide was very informative, and I enjoyed seeing little hints of the people who lived there. (The etchings in the glass are so slight you could miss them.) Worth a stop.
Bella J.   April 2, 2022
very attentive staff. good for families and seems to be dog-friendly as well. nice short walk.
Michael F.   March 29, 2022
This guided tour of the home is a must if you are in the area of Concord and Lexington. We had an excellent tour guide who really knew his history. The...
Brian Cary   March 13, 2022
I just happened to arrive as the tour was about to begin and I am glad I did! The tour has many points of interest that will appeal to literary and revolutionary war history buffs. Our tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable about the historical tenants of the house and the impact they had on national and literary history. I highly recommend this tour!
Jacqueline Schillinger   February 5, 2022
Very neat to see the house from the outside, see the bookstore, and explore the grounds. We didn’t pay for a tour though.
Robert Paul   January 2, 2022
Had a great tour with Leslie; very entertaining and knowledgeable about this amazing property. Entire staff was very welcoming.
V Ml   November 14, 2021
Lovely experience. The tour guides and story tellers were incredibly good spirited!
Nathalie L.   October 31, 2021
Stumbled upon this and only had a few minutes but we just had to get out of the car and check it out because it looked so beautiful. And it really was! Will definitely be back on our next visit to the area to really take our time and explore.
Faith Gill   October 30, 2021
wonderful place to visit! Evan was great getting us all checked in and ready to go:)
Madeline Holcomb   September 21, 2021
What a beautiful and historical setting. We were there during the week so we weren’t able to go inside. A gentleman named Robert who is the caretaker, on his way to eat lunch, stopped voluntarily in his tracks and gave us a full outside tour and history of the home. We learned so much about the home and its inhabitants, as well as the property and it’s beautiful garden and orchard. The apples were especially yummy. Thank you, Robert for your time and knowledge! You made our trip to the Old Manse a memorable one. The Holcomb Family - Austin TX
Jill Stewart   September 13, 2021
A must to go through if you enjoy history. Being in the room where Hawthorne did some of his writing and playing the piano in the formal parlor is a dream come true
Caryl Fox   July 30, 2021
Interesting tour and beautiful grounds.
Tim Phelps   June 10, 2021
It's amazing to walk in the same areas that literary giants did. I wish the tour was open, which would have made it better.
Bob Porter   May 6, 2021
Excellent historical landmark. From there over the Old North Bridge and into history!
Joseph McQuaid   November 15, 2020
Get a lunch at Concord Market and sit outside along the stone wall to enjoy it.
P G   March 2, 2020
Had a museum so you can go inside. Pretty nice place
Angelina Camacho (Angie C)   December 22, 2019
Interesting place... you have to experience it for yourself. Hard to describe. Better during the day.
Angelina Camacho   December 22, 2019
Interesting place... you have to experience it for yourself. Hard to describe. Better during the day.
Natalie Ball   November 14, 2019
We really enjoyed this tour, our tour guide was knowledgeable young lady.  Interesting history, and nice little gift shop.
Ted McMichael   October 17, 2019
It is awesome to visit a place where well known people lived their lives in times that were pivotal to our nation's history. The docents at the Old Manse make history come alive with details regarding the lives of the various people who lived there. It was a valuable visit that we will remember!
Bea T.   September 3, 2019
Fantastic history given by the Trustees of the Reservation. Learned a lot about the Emerson and Ripley's who owned the place and the history of the...
Rebekah Elkins   August 29, 2019
We went on the 30-minute Emerson and Hawthorne centered tour with Victor. It was great! Only $5 and we got to see where Emerson wrote Nature and where both authors' careers set off! Victor was very patient with us while we took pictures and explored really more than we should have. He is very knowledgeable about the house and its residents! Loved it! Its inspiring to be there.
Johnathan Farrington   August 15, 2019
A really cool view of the bridge and some unique history with several authors. For sure worth a checkout. But don't bring young kids as they will want to play in the water off of the wobbly dock.
Anthony G.   August 9, 2019
I was excited to visit a home with such a rich history. This home built by a Rev. William Emerson, is right next to the North Bridge, which saw the Battle...
Amy Mathison-Start   July 8, 2019
Amazing to step back in history and to hear about all the famous people who lived and visited here.
Brian Cummings   July 8, 2019
Beautiful setting, great Trustees property! Enjoyed the history and enthusiastic interpreters.
Dayna Titus   May 26, 2019
Great historic site. Very friendly knowledgeable staff.
Lori F.   October 27, 2018
We stopped in for the house tour before which was fabulous. Yesterday while looking at a newsletter I receive I found they were doing "Spirit if the Manse...
Timothy Kelley   July 19, 2018
A very interesting tour of a house that's more than 200 years old. It was really neat seeing original furniture pieces from the house, too. I really learned a lot about Concord here.