|Jacob and me in Thoreau's cabin replica|
|Some of Thoreau's survey equipment|
At the Concord museum, we saw more Thoreau items, Emerson's study, several revolutionary artifacts, and rooms displaying period pieces. It was fun to compare Emerson's study which is luxuriant to Thoreau's simple desk, table, and bed. I was very interested in seeing some of the revolutionary items since I grew up in Arizona I haven't had many chances to see artifacts from the founding of our country. One unexpected exhibit, was a copper model of the Lincoln Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial was made by a sculptor who lived in Concord.
|Original Desk from thoreau's cabin. It was the only thing with a lock,|
which he regularly used to protect his most important possession, his writing.
|Oh! A wall of old books!|
|My favorite artifact is the thing with all the nails in it right of the shoe. |
It's a cracker stamp. Now you know how all those hols get in a cracker!
|Orchard House, side-door to Mr. Alcott's Study.|
They tour people didn't allow photography inside:
The Orchard House was the adult home of Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women. The house is one of the oldest houses in Concord, built in the 1600s. The house was preserved with many Alcott family furnishings, even some of the original wall paper is still up. This is because ever since the Little Women was published, the house has been a tourist destination. May Alcott, Amy in the book, was an artist and the house was filled with her artwork. Our tour was nice with stories, and information about the Alcott family including that Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, and the Alcotts were all friends who were in the same circles. To be a fly on the wall during a dinner party! Unfortunately, the tour was crowded and some rooms were too small for the number of people in the group. But I still enjoyed learning about the Alcott family. My favorite fact that I learned about Louisa May Alcott is that she worked for voting rights of women, and was the first woman to vote in Concord.
|It was a nice rainy grey October day with |
lots of beautiful fall colors to see during the drive.