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Walden Pond

  • 915 Walden St. (Hwy. 126) Map It
  • Concord
  • House/Mansion/Villa
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/14/2016

Fodor's Review

For lovers of Early American literature, a trip to Concord isn't complete without a pilgrimage to Henry David Thoreau's most famous residence. Here, in 1845, at age 28, Thoreau moved into a one-room cabin—built for $28.12—on the shore of this 100-foot-deep kettle hole formed by the retreat of an ancient glacier. Living alone for the next two years, Thoreau discovered the benefits of solitude and the beauties of nature. Walden, published in 1854, is a mixture of philosophy, nature writing, and proto-ecology. The site of the original house is staked out in stone. A full-size, authentically furnished replica of the cabin stands about ½ mile from the original site, near the Walden Pond State Reservation parking lot. To get to Walden Pond State Reservation from the center of Concord—a trip of only 1½ miles—take Concord's Main Street a block west from Monument Square, turn left onto Walden Street, and head for the intersection of Highways 2 and 126. Cross over Highway 2 onto Highway 126, heading south for ½ mile.

Sight Information


915 Walden St. (Hwy. 126), Concord, Massachusetts, 01742, USA

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Sight Details:

  • Free, $8 for vehicles with Massachusetts plates, $10 for vehicles with non-Massachusetts plates
  • Daily 8 am–sunset weather permitting

Published 07/14/2016


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