Friday, May 29, 2009

Thoreau House

Babzy asked yesterday if I took a photo of Thoreau's house at Walden Pond in Concord, MA. The original house is gone, but this is a replica of the house he lived in, complete with a bed and table, some chairs, a stove and some cooking utensils. Pretty simple. This information is from Wikipedia, "Thoreau embarked on a two-year experiment in simple living on July 4, 1845, when he moved to a small self-built house on land owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson in a second-growth forest around the shores of Walden Pond."

"In 1854, he published Walden, or Life in the Woods, recounting the two years, two months, and two days he had spent at Walden Pond. The book compresses that time into a single calendar year, using the passage of four seasons to symbolize human development. Part memoir and part spiritual quest, Walden at first won few admirers, but today critics regard it as a classic American book that explores natural simplicity, harmony, and beauty as models for just social and cultural conditions."

8 comments:

Olivier said...

j'avoue que je connaissais pas Thoreau, alors merci pour ton post pour cette découverte
I confess that I don't knew Thoreau, then thank you for your post for this discovery

Trotter said...

Hi Lori! Interesting posts; I've to check Walden!

Thanks for your comments at Blogtrotter, now showing Kaunas. Never heard about it? ;) Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Blue Wave 707 said...

That definitely looks like simple living ... away from the hustle & bustle of the city ... even back in the day.

Babzy said...

Thank you Lori for the shot ! Very intersting , little simple house indeed !

the_plainsman said...

Small for a house, but larger than many NYC efficiency apartments! Nice, but would want more clearing for sunlight around it. Have a fun weekend, Lor1!

Wanda said...

Hi Lori, haven't been around much lately, sorry...

Loved these posts. So interesting the narative you gave us.

Love and Hugs
Wanda

Moi said...

basic and beautiful.........just as you'd expect it! :)

Christopher said...

I grew up in Concord. We never, ever went to Walden Pond. It's across the street from the town dump. We went there every Saturday.