Month: November 2015

Concord, Part IV

These New England Transcendentalists were not ostentatious in life or death. ┬áHere we are visting the “Authors Ridge” in Concord’s Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

Patty pays her respects at Ralph Waldo Emerson's grave, the easiest to find. . . .
Patty pays her respects at Ralph Waldo Emerson’s grave, the easiest to find. . . .
Here lies Nathaniel Hawthorne. . .
Here lies Nathaniel Hawthorne. . .
. . . and Louisa May Alcott.
. . . and Louisa May Alcott.
We looked a long time to find Henry David Thoreau's gravesite; it's simply marked "Henry".
We looked a long time to find Henry David Thoreau’s gravesite; it’s simply marked “Henry”.
Thoreau's headstone is just a few inches high.  Admirers leave small tokens of love.
Thoreau’s headstone is just a few inches high. Admirers leave small tokens of love.
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Concord, Part III

Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson et al

This was pretty amazing; within sight of the bridge where the American revolution began is the
This was pretty amazing; within sight of the bridge where the American revolution began is the “Old Manse”, the family home of Ralph Waldo Emerson. His grandparents stood at the windows and watched the battle begin. .
Later in the early 19th Century, Nathaniel Hawthorne and his bride, Sophie, spent the first 3 years of their marriage here. A collection of his short stories,
Later in the early 19th Century, Nathaniel Hawthorne and his bride, Sophie, spent the first 3 years of their marriage here. A collection of his short stories, “Mossses from an Old Manse” were written here. Emerson, Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott and other Transcendentalists routinely met here. It never left the Emerson family until turned over to the historical society that cares for it today so everything is authentic and unchanged
This grandfather clock in the upstairs study of the Old Manse has been in this spot and continuously running since before 1775.
This grandfather clock in the upstairs study of the Old Manse has been in this spot and continuously running since before 1775.
Sophie Hawthorne etched messages iwith her diamond ring n the glass panes of the Old Manse.
Sophie Hawthorne etched messages iwith her diamond ring n the glass panes of the Old Manse.
One of Sophie's etched messages says she stood at this spot on a winter's day with her 10-month old daughter, Una, watching the snow fall. . .
One of Sophie’s etched messages says she stood at this spot on a winter’s day with her 10-month old daughter, Una, watching the snow fall. . .
Brent and Patty reading etchings from the past left by the Hawthorne's in the 1830's.
Brent and Patty reading etchings from the past left by the Hawthorne’s in the 1830’s.
A young Nathaniel Hawthorne considered the
A young Nathaniel Hawthorne considered the “most handsome man in New England”.
Ralph Waldo Emerson's writing chair at the Old Manse.
Ralph Waldo Emerson’s writing chair at the Old Manse.
Our tour guide at the Old Manse? A relocated Seattlite, Ron Strickland, a writer himself and founder and past president of the Pacific Northwest Trail Association. . . Wryly funny and informative; we loved meeting him too!
Our tour guide at the Old Manse? A relocated Seattlite, Ron Strickland, a writer himself and founder and past president of the Pacific Northwest Trail Association. . . Wryly funny and informative; we loved meeting him too!
Ralph Waldo Emerson's house in Concord. He lived for his entire adult life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson’s house in Concord. He lived for his entire adult life.

Concord , Part II

Among historical and literary giants

A statue of a militiaman commemorates the spot.
A statue of a militiaman commemorates the spot.
In the distance at the bridge is where the American revolution actually began. In April, 1175, 700 British troops did a forced night march up to Concord to interdict and capture weapons and munitions being stored there. A few dozen redcoats were guarding this bridge when colonial militia men sought to drive them away. The ensuing fire-fight resulted in a dozen killed and many wounded on both sides. As the British retreated back down the road to Boston, 14 thousand colonial fighters came out of the countryside. The remainder of the day became a ragged, nasty skirmish with scores dead on both sides. There was no escaping it; the war had begun.
In the distance at the bridge is where the American revolution actually began. In April, 1775, 700 British troops did a forced night march up to Concord to interdict and capture weapons and munitions being stored there. A few dozen redcoats were guarding this bridge when colonial militia men sought to drive them away. The ensuing fire-fight resulted in a dozen killed and many wounded on both sides. As the British retreated back down the road to Boston, 14 thousand colonial fighters came out of the countryside. The remainder of the day became a ragged, nasty skirmish with scores dead on both sides. There was no escaping it; the war had begun.
Here's an exact replica in the exact spot where it all began.
Here’s an exact replica of the bridge in the exact spot where it all began.

Concord, MA

Walden Pond, just outside Concord, MA

Replica of Thoreau's self-built cabin on Walden Pond.
Replica of Thoreau’s self-built cabin on Walden Pond.

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Patty & Brent treading the same ground with Henry David.
Patty & Brent treading the same ground with Henry David.
The view of Walden pond from Thoreau's cabin.  The pond and surrounding land belonged to Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Did you know that?
The view of Walden pond from Thoreau’s cabin. The pond and surrounding land belonged to Ralph Waldo Emerson. Did you know that?
"Simplify, simplify, simplify!"
“Simplify, simplify, simplify!”
The original site of Thoreau's cabin
The original site of Thoreau’s cabin
A view inside the replica and what it must have looked like.
A view inside the replica and what it must have looked like.

More Boston

The Old North Church. You know,
The Old North Church. You know, “One if by land, two if by sea. . . .’ Paul Revere and William Dawes had already sneaked out of British-held Boston and were ready to ride to Lexington and Concord to let the militias there know “the British are coming!”
Alas, Old Ironsides was in dry-dock getting a major rehab. Couldn't go aboard.
Alas, Old Ironsides was in dry-dock getting a major rehab. Couldn’t go aboard.
Here's what the USS Constitution is supposed to look like!
Here’s what the USS Constitution is supposed to look like!

Boston

Exploring the Historical District of Boston

Boston Common, the start of the Freedom Trail. It ends 3 miles away at Bunker Hill.
Boston Common, the start of the Freedom Trail. It ends 3 miles away at Bunker Hill.
Massachusett's original state house on the edge of Boston Common.
Massachusett’s original state house on the edge of Boston Common.
Here's a close up.
Here’s a close up.
Remember the Civil War Movie
Remember the Civil War Movie “Glory”? This is the memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusett’s 54th Regiment, the first black Union regiment of the Civil War.
Patty and Ben consider one another.
Patty and Ben consider one another.
It was Andrew Jackson's idea apparently.
It was Andrew Jackson’s idea apparently.
The Democratic Donkey
The Democratic Donkey
The site of the Boston Massacre, just outside the Old Statehouse.
The site of the Boston Massacre, just outside the Old Statehouse.
Lunch break in old Boston.
Lunch break in old Boston.
Paul Revere's house, built in the 1600's it was old even when he lived there.
Paul Revere’s house, built in the 1600’s it was old even when he lived there.

Cambridge, MA

Our 1st stop on the 27th was MIT in Cambridge where we hooked up for dinner with Brent's old friend and room-mate from International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, Japan.  Shigeru Miyagawa is now an accomplished linguistics professor at MIT.  Noam Chomsky's office is right next to his.  Terrific to see Shigeru and get caught up.
Our 1st stop on the 27th was MIT in Cambridge where we hooked up for dinner with Brent’s old friend and room-mate from International Christian University (ICU) in Tokyo, Japan. Shigeru Miyagawa is now an accomplished linguistics professor at MIT. Noam Chomsky’s office is right next to his. Terrific to see Shigeru and get caught up.