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Author's Ridge

I was on a driving tour and did not get out, but this would be a lovely place to spend time... read more

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Karen K
Huntsville, Alabama
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Love cemeteries in general but this one is wonderful if you love to visit historical grave sites... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Huntington Beach, California
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“author's ridge”(71 reviews)
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Nineteenth-century luminaries such as Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau are buried here.
Bedford Street, Concord, MA
+1 978-318-3233
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Reviewed yesterday

I was on a driving tour and did not get out, but this would be a lovely place to spend time. Beautiful setting and interesting gravestones. Author's Ridge is the most interesting part. Four literary greats are buried there: Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau,...More

Thank Karen K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love cemeteries in general but this one is wonderful if you love to visit historical grave sites. Authors Ridge is the big attraction here. With graves of Alcott, Emerson, Thoreau and Hawthorne. The cemetery itself is really beautiful with winding hilly streets. It’s a small...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Four great literary giants are buried in this cemetery. Their graves are at the top of the hill and there is a well trodden path from all the other visitors who have come here. Many people have left pens at their graves. It is a...More

Thank VMoo63
Reviewed August 19, 2018

This cemetary is HUGE!! It is laid out very well and you can drive through to find the author's ridge, which is clearly marked.

Thank Sunseekergirl77
Reviewed July 31, 2018 via mobile

Not morbid at all. Be respectful there. It's quiet, only a handful of parking spaces. Feels a little weird if you miss the parking and have to one way drive through cemetery to get there. We happen to be there when several had visited Emerson,...More

Thank travelw411
Reviewed July 30, 2018

I've made this pilgrimage before. As always, I'm moved to tears to stand on the path of giants. Yes, Henry and Louisa are there, and yes, their graves are often full of tokens, blessings, and tributes. But so is Hawthorne, may he be rediscovered, and...More

Thank srnwood
Reviewed July 29, 2018

I loved stopping here to see the graves of historical American literature artists. My only issue is the parking situation. It has very narrow roads that makes it difficult to park, especially when they're doing construction in the cemetery.

Thank Tim K
Reviewed July 25, 2018

It is moving to go to the graves of the Alcott's the Emerson's and Thoreau's.It is a very steep hill to climb, but you can drive up there.

Thank Diane D
Reviewed July 16, 2018

Sleepy Hollow is so interesting to walk around in and see the famous graves in the peaceful and hilly grounds. The headstones are beautiful and history lives on here. Get a map so you can see the ones you want to see and then just...More

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Reviewed July 12, 2018

We mainly went to the cemetery to explore Authors Ridge. We saw the final resting places for Louisa May Alcott and family, the extended Emerson family, Nathanial Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau and family. It was a peaceful and gorgeous area with so much interesting...More

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Response from BalletMamaSeattle | Reviewed this property |
I don't know whether it's "allowed," but it definitely seems inappropriate.
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Mourning Victory, (AKA the Melvin Angel) is part of the Melvin Memorial near the central entrance to Concord's Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. There are several possible ways to get pictures of this monument. An internet search for... More