Henry David Thoreau, Walden Pond, Concord, MA

Good things can come from remodeling, not just the fact that there are improvements being made, but that you get to move your stuff around. Last Saturday, as I previously mentioned, Dad and I installed a hardwood floor. Mom and I moved some of her books out of the room we were working in. In doing so, she found a book that both of us had to re-read. It is a young adult book, but it is the dearest book, titled Little Mouse, The Mouse Who Lived with Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond, by Bill Montague:

Little Mouse

This led me to have to locate the photos Mom and I took when visiting Concord, MA in 1998, pre-digital. Once I found some of them, I had to scan them in. The next four photos are taken approximately 200 feet north of the north shore at Walden Pond. In the first photo, the stone reads: ‘Site of Thoreau’s cabin, discovered Nov. 11, 1845 by Roland Wells Robbins’:

Thoreau's Cabin

Here’s the Cairn:


According to Bill Montague, ‘The first stones were placed here in June 1872 by Bronson Alcott of Concord & Mrs. Adams of Dubuque, Iowa to mark Thoreau’s house site.’

The next photo reads ‘Beneath these Stones lies the Chimney Foundation of Thoreau’s Cabin 1845-1847. Go thou my incense upward from this hearth.’

Chimney Stone

The following photo is a sign with a quote from Thoreau:

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life.

And see if I could not learn what it had to teach and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” — Thoreau


This next photo is the Thoreau family monument taken at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, located in Concord, MA:

Thoreau Tombstone

Henry David Thoreau was born in Concord, MA on July 12, 1817. He died on May 6, 1862, at the young age of 44 years.