Essayist, lecturer, and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson led the American Transcendentalism movement of the mid-19th century and helped inspire a literary renaissance, which included the work of fellow Concord local Louisa May Alcott. You'll see his inspirations firsthand at the Ralph Waldo Emerson House, where he wrote the first draft of his famous Nature essay in the upstairs study. The publication of Nature attracted a small group of highly talented writers, including Henry David Thoreau (Walden) and Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Scarlet Letter), who both stayed at the house. After your visit, walk the trail along the historic Battle Road and the route of the minutemen of 1776.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Ralph Waldo Emerson House.