The Old Manse is ¼ of a mile from the Concord Bridge and its occupants witnessed the fighting there on 19 April 1775.
Built for the patriot minister William Emerson and his family in 1770, the Old Manse is historic not only for its connection to the Battle of Lexington / Concord, but also for its connection to later generations. For awhile Ralph Waldo Emerson, the grandson of William Emerson lived there with his family. Nathaniel Hawthorne resided there with his new bride, Sophia, during the years 1842 - 45. In fact, the current name of the house comes from Hawthorne’s collection of tales Mosses from an Old Manse (1846).
The outdoor vegetable garden is a recreation of the garden that Henry David Thoreau first planted for the Hawthorne’s, in honor of their wedding.