Fodor's Expert Review Old Manse
The Reverend William Emerson, grandfather of Ralph Waldo Emerson, watched rebels and Redcoats battle from behind his home, which was within sight of the Old North Bridge. The house, built in 1770, was occupied continuously by the Emerson family for almost two centuries, except for a 3½-year period during which Nathaniel Hawthorne rented it. Furnishings date from the late 18th century. Tours run throughout the day and last 45 minutes, but call ahead to check. Don't whip out your camera, however: photography is prohibited inside the house. Grounds are open year-round sunrise–sunset.