My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wyoming, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Some of Henry David Thoreau's Houses

Only by asking questions and riding around, do you make some great discoveries. Although Henry David Thoreau isn't in my family tree, I treated some of my research about him, as though he were a relative. Naturally, I have always heard of him, being from the area he lived, and it was only during a visit to the Concord Museum that I asked a staff member where did he die?  On my next trip to Concord, I saw the house where he died, and then, by just driving around on a out of the way country road, my eyes caught, "Thoreau Farm Birthplace of Henry David Thoreau." That was totally unexpected, a most delightful surprise and I'm sure a lot of people don't know about this site. In a previous post, I had visited his tombstone.



Henry David Thoreau
Died May 6, 1862, in this house which
later became the home of the
Alcott family.

Period room for Henry D. Thoreau at the Concord Museum, Concord, Massachusetts. It is an ongoing exhibit.


The Concord Museum also has a replica of Henry David Thoreau's house, where he lived at Walden Pond for two years, two months and two days.
 


My next steps are:

1. When weather improves, go to the original site of Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond and take photos to post here.
2. Tour Thoreau's birthplace when it opens in the spring.