Concord has been home to some of the best-known names in American culture. From Henry David Thoreau to actress Paget Brewster, our community has produced and hosted some amazing talent over the decades. Fortunately for visitors and residents, evidence of our most notable residents still abounds in 2014.
Concord’s Notable Residents:
- Henry David Thoreau
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Ephraim Wales Bull
- Louisa Mary Alcott
- Walter Gropius
Concord practically wrote the book on famous authors. Some of the top names in literature have lived here, from the Transcendentalists to contemporary writers. Henry David Thoreau famously renounced all but the necessities while living in a small home he built on nearby Walden Pond. The Thoreau Society continues to celebrate and promote the author’s work and philosophy in 2014.
Thoreau’s friend and contemporary Ralph Waldo Emerson drew a small group of like-minded writers in Concord’s literary community. Though not a Concord native, Emerson had family ties to the town and moved here in 1835. He and writer Nathaniel Hawthorne both lived at the historic Old Manse at separate times. Step back in time to December 1824 with the Holiday House tour of the Old Manse.
Ephraim Wales Bull proved that the fruit of the land could be a work of art as well. The horticulturist patiently worked his way through thousands of seedlings before cultivating the specimen that would become the Concord grape in 1849. Bull’s original grapevine, still alive and well in our town, proved hardy enough to thrive in our climate and eventually become the key ingredient in Welch’s grape juice. Bull’s home can be seen near both Old Manse and Orchard House, where Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women. Alcott was the daughter of Bronson Alcott, who founded Fruitlands, a Transcendentalist experimental living community.
Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus movement in architecture, designed a home in nearby Lincoln for his family to occupy while he taught Harvard grad students. The site was chosen because it was close to the school Gropius’ daughter attended, Concord Academy. Learn more about the architectural movement at the Concord Museum’s exhibition, Middlesex County Modernism, through March 2016.
In 2014, Concord still attracts and produces great artists, writers, actors, musicians, business people, educators, athletes, intellectuals and others. Our community offers plenty of opportunities to see where these brilliant minds worked and lived, and December is a beautiful time to visit and reflect.
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