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


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.