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"Central Part of Concord, Massachusetts"
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John Warner Barber, 1840


1635 Founding of Concord

1770 House is built for Reverend William Emerson later to be known as the Old Manse

1774 Provincial Congress Meets in Concord

1775 April 19, Battle of Lexington and Concord

1814 Ralph Waldo Emerson comes to live with his grandparents at the Old Manse.

1817 Birth of Henry David Thoreau in Concord

1833 Henry David Thoreau enters Harvard

1835 Emerson marries and moves into his home on the Cambridge Turnpike

1835 Bronson Alcott becomes a vegetarian

1836 Emerson's Nature is published

1840 Bronson Alcott Moves His Family to Concord

1842 Thoreau Plants a Garden at the Old Manse

1842 Nathaniel Hawthorne marries Sophia Peabody and settles in Concord, first at the Old Manse, then Wayside

1845 The Alcotts move into a house they name Hillside (later renamed Wayside by Hawthorne)

1845 Fitchburg Railroad is completed with service from Boston to Fitchburg

1845 Thoreau Goes to Walden

1846 Hawthorne's Moses from the Old Manse is published

1852 After a brief departure from Concord, the Hawthornes return and purchase the Alcott house and name it Wayside

1854 Thoreau publishes Walden; or, Life in the Woods

1854 Louisa May Alcott publishes her first book, Flower Fables

1857 The Alcotts leave Concord for a few years, but return and purchase a home they name Orchard House

1861 Concord sends Bronson Alcott six maple trees in appreciation for his work as School Superintendent

1862 Thoreau dies of tuberculosis

1864 Nathaniel Hawthorne dies while visiting Plymouth, Massachusetts

1868 Louisa May Alcott writes Little Women at Orchard House

1879 Concord Summer School of Philosophy is founded

1882 Ralph Waldo Emerson dies

1888 Bronson and Louisa May Alcott die within two days of each other

1945 Original site of Thoreau's cabin is located

2000 Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D.B. Johnson is published

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Map of Concord Massachusetts
Showing Localities mentioned by Thoreau in his Journals
Compiled by Herbert W. Gleason, 1906
Courtesy of the Concord Free Public Library

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