Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Concord - Author's Ridge

Concord is an amazing place. Not only is it the starting point for the Revolutionary War, but it is also home to many of our country's earliest authors and thinkers. Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Louisa May Alcott all grew up there, and as mentioned in the previous post, Nathaniel Hawthorne lived there as well. All of them are buried in the same place, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Due to their close proximity of the family plots to one another, the area of the cemetery is called Author's Ridge. We visited the burial places of all of these amazing writers and thinkers.

Claire and her "Bapa" walking together.

Given what Henry David Thoreau was all about, it is so fitting that his headstone epitomizes simplicity.

Adam, paying homage to the author of one of his favorite books of all time.

This is the headstone of one of Emerson's sisters. It is not as grand as Ralph's in appearance, but the epitaph was so beautiful - makes me wonder what kinds of things people would write about me after I died...(hopefully you can all click on the picture to enlarge)


laurel said...

That is a place I would LOVE to go! All those talented people who contributed so much in one place! Gives me chills.

Erin said...

First of all, I love the picture of Dad and Claire walking. Second of all, I really like Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Did you get to walk around and look at some of the other headstones? Dad and I found one two years ago by the man who 'invented' the concord grape, though others stole his idea. His read, " I sowed, other reaped." Classic. What a way to get the last word in!

Fabric Choices said...

no stones for me, thanks

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