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The Emerson Land & Path to Walden
Please join in the effort to protect almost six acres of a natural and historic landscape in the heart of Concord.
In 1835, Ralph Waldo Emerson purchased his home on what is now Cambridge Turnpike, eventually owning land behind the house on both sides of the Mill Brook extending all the way to Walden Street. He frequently walked through this area, often accompanied by his friend Henry David Thoreau, to visit Walden Pond.
Today, the house and surrounding property are owned by the Ralph Waldo Emerson Memorial Association (RWEMA), a literary foundation established to promote appreciation of Emerson and to preserve his home as a museum. A trail—the Emerson- Thoreau Amble—constructed and maintained by the Town of Concord in cooperation with RWEMA, runs from Heywood Meadow across the Emerson land and through the Hapgood Wright Town Forest to Walden Pond.
RWEMA has offered to sell 5.8 acres of its property to the Town, including the land bordering the Mill Brook and occupied by a portion of the Amble. The Town is proposing to purchase the land for $200,000, subject to vote at this year’s Town Meeting. Recognizing the significant conservation benefits of this acquisition, Concord Land Conservation Trust (CLCT) has offered to contribute $50,000 to this project. We hope you will help.
What do your donations help preserve?
1. The Emerson-Thoreau Amble – The segment of the Amble that would be acquired as part of the property secures a critical connection between Heywood Meadow and the Town Forest. Traversing the back yard of Emerson’s house, the path passes through woods characterized by lowland plants such as cattails, white turtleheads and joe-pye weed.
2. A 1.5 acre farm field – located in the flood plain of Mill Brook and a likely site of Emerson’s orchard, this field will continue to be farmed under the auspices of the Concord Natural Resources Commission, adding to the inventory of actively farmed land in town.
3. The Mill Brook – draining over a three square mile watershed, the Mill Brook meanders through this property on its way to Concord Center. As with most watercourses, it provides ecologic benefits including flood storage and riparian habitats. A wooden footbridge on the Amble affords the chance to observe the Mill Brook at leisure.