Excursions

A Visit to the Heart of the Transcendentalist Movement
Concord, Massachusetts was the heart of the American Transcendentalist movement.  Within a few blocks of each other, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, and Henry David Thoreau lived and wrote their works that had a major influence on our studies of literature and philosophy.

You’ll board an air conditioned coach at Boston University and head West to Concord.  Our tour guide will escort you to the Alcott’s Orchard House and Bronson Alcott’s Concord School of Philosophy, where you can sit at the desks he and Henry David Thoreau lectured students from.  You’ll visit the Old Manse, which was home to both Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and if you wish, take a short walk to the Old North Bridge, where “the shot heard round the world” was fired as the American Revolution began.

You’ll enjoy a delicious lunch at the Colonial Inn which dates from the 1700s, featuring traditional Colonial fare.  After lunch, take a walk up the hill to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery to visit the final resting place of the Transcendentalists and other major literary and historical figures.  You’ll end your journey with a visit to Walden Pond, see a replica of Thoreau’s cabin where he wrote his most famous work, and walk on the beautiful grounds that have inspired so many artists and nature-lovers, before returning to Boston in the late afternoon.

Cost:  $70.00, including lunch

Note:  35 person minimum registration required.  If tour is cancelled due to low registration, your payment will be refunded.