Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, MA

Our next visit in Concord was to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, opened in 1855.

When we got into the car to go, Miss M asked us where we were going next… uhh… how do you explain that for a 3 year old. The best thing we could come up with was a park with a lot of rocks.

Trip to Concord, MA

From Wikipedia:

The cemetery is the burial site of a number of famous Concordians, including some of the United States’ greatest authors and thinkers, especially on a hill known as “Author’s Ridge.”

Trip to Concord, MA

I had looked up directions before leaving, but it was still a little difficult to navigate to “Author’s Ridge” because there was still snow piled up on the sides of the road, covering up signs. Tonya spotted a sign that was peaking out of the snow by only 2 inches- but it was enough for us to know which way to go.

Trip to Concord, MA

There is not THIS much snow left anywhere in Boston/Cambridge. The further we got out of town, we saw more snow. I’m not sure if it’s because maybe it snowed more out here, hasn’t gotten as warm, or maybe not as much traffic/snow removal.

Trip to Concord, MA

We made our way to the ridge. We were the only car we saw out there. We just pulled over to the side.  Here is the next sign pointing us to the ridge.

Trip to Concord, MA

Trip to Concord, MA

Henry David Thoreau (Transcendentalist, philosopher, and author)

Trip to Concord, MA

Nathaniel Hawthorne (author of The Scarlet Letter and others)

Trip to Concord, MA

The Alcott Family: including Amos Bronson Alcott (Transcendentalist, philosopher, educator), Abby May (Wife of Amos Bronson Alcott), and their daughter Louisa May Alcott (author of Little Women and others). You’ll learn more about the Alcott’s in the next post.

Trip to Concord, MA

Louisa May Alcott

Trip to Concord, MA

Ralph Waldo Emerson– American lecturer, philosopher, essayist, and poet, best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.

Trip to Concord, MA

I didn’t learn this until today, but Emerson’s stone faces a large stone at the bottom of the hill, which covers the resting place of Ephraim Wales Bull, the originator of the celebrated Concord Grape.

Trip to Concord, MA

Emerson’s Wife Lidian
Trip to Concord, MA

Here are some other pictures I took:

The Civil War Veteran marker
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Old Steps

Trip to Concord, MA

Snow-covered rock wall

Trip to Concord, MA

The next stop you’ll hear about is the Orchard House, the home of the Alcott family.

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5 thoughts on “Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, MA

    1. Whitney, good question. I had to look it up but no definite answer.

      I saw a few places that mentioned it being an old custom- Romans placed a coin with the remains to pay for the ferryman’s fare as he took you across to the next world/life. Another was for because of wanting to have the deceased person “thoughts” back, as in “a penny for your thoughts”?

      http://www.flickr.com/groups/gtc/discuss/106886/

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