Ralph Waldo Emerson House

Lexington Rd. and Cambridge Tpke., Concord, Massachusetts


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Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet, essayist, and lecturer, occupied this square frame house from 1835 until his death in 1882. Emerson became a minister after he graduated from Harvard in 1821. Although he ceased being a minister in 1831, he continued to "preach" through his poems, essays and lectures. All his major works espousing and explaining his personal transcendental philosophy and his belief in the power of man to change for the better were prepared in this house. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 29, 1962

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
NR name
Emerson, Ralph Waldo, House
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Current functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1825-1849
Significant years
1828; 1835; 1882

Update Log 

  • March 2, 2017: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett