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If you forgot a pen or pencil . . .

. . . . Emerson, Thoreau, Alcott or Hawthorne have a couple dozen each on their graves. These... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
An absolute must see for literary enthusiasts!

This meandering cemetery holds some famous graves and is a lovely experience the whole way around... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Heather J
Saltsburg, Pennsylvania
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“author's ridge”(71 reviews)
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Nineteenth-century luminaries such as Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau are buried here.
Bedford Street, Concord, MA
+1 978-318-3233
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Reviewed 1 week ago

. . . . Emerson, Thoreau, Alcott or Hawthorne have a couple dozen each on their graves. These people are literary and cultural revolutionaries, and so much talent is resting in such a tiny, picturesque space. It's impossible not to be moved by their simple...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This meandering cemetery holds some famous graves and is a lovely experience the whole way around. Park your car and plan on spending some time and being moved. Bring along a book to read excerpts or just stand at the foot of a grave and...More

Thank Heather J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was on a driving tour and did not get out, but this would be a lovely place to spend time. Beautiful setting and interesting gravestones. Author's Ridge is the most interesting part. Four literary greats are buried there: Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau,...More

Thank Karen K
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Love cemeteries in general but this one is wonderful if you love to visit historical grave sites. Authors Ridge is the big attraction here. With graves of Alcott, Emerson, Thoreau and Hawthorne. The cemetery itself is really beautiful with winding hilly streets. It’s a small...More

Thank MrsPickle
Reviewed 5 September 2018

Four great literary giants are buried in this cemetery. Their graves are at the top of the hill and there is a well trodden path from all the other visitors who have come here. Many people have left pens at their graves. It is a...More

Thank VMoo63
Reviewed 19 August 2018

This cemetary is HUGE!! It is laid out very well and you can drive through to find the author's ridge, which is clearly marked.

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Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

Not morbid at all. Be respectful there. It's quiet, only a handful of parking spaces. Feels a little weird if you miss the parking and have to one way drive through cemetery to get there. We happen to be there when several had visited Emerson,...More

Thank travelw411
Reviewed 31 July 2018

I've made this pilgrimage before. As always, I'm moved to tears to stand on the path of giants. Yes, Henry and Louisa are there, and yes, their graves are often full of tokens, blessings, and tributes. But so is Hawthorne, may he be rediscovered, and...More

Thank srnwood
Reviewed 29 July 2018

I loved stopping here to see the graves of historical American literature artists. My only issue is the parking situation. It has very narrow roads that makes it difficult to park, especially when they're doing construction in the cemetery.

Thank Tim K
Reviewed 25 July 2018

It is moving to go to the graves of the Alcott's the Emerson's and Thoreau's.It is a very steep hill to climb, but you can drive up there.

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I don't know whether it's "allowed," but it definitely seems inappropriate.
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Mourning Victory, (AKA the Melvin Angel) is part of the Melvin Memorial near the central entrance to Concord's Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. There are several possible ways to get pictures of this monument. An internet search for... More