My favorite tour of the day however, was of The Old Manse, a Georgian home that passed in the Emerson family. In the 1840's when the house was already very old, Ralph Waldo Emerson rented it to his friend Nathanial Hawthorne and his new bride, Sofia Peabody Hawthorne. They lived there for what they referred to as 3 blissful years. They were very much in love, and spent their happiest times in the Old Manse.
Our tour guide was fantastic. My very favorite thing on the tour were the 18thc. panes of window glass, still intact, on which Sofia had scratched her thoughts with her diamond ring back in the 1840's.
The thin spring sunlight came through these windows, and we could clearly read what she had etched there all those years ago. It was as if she were reaching out from the past in a poignant and timeless way...
|Sofia Peabody Hawthorne, bride of Nathaniel, etched her thought onto several of the ancient window panes in The Old Manse.|
|The Old Manse, Concord Mass.|
|Concord Bridge~The site of bloody fighting in 1775.|
We have decided that we are going to do this again next year, and Penny has already made reservations for rooms for all of us, for the reenactment weekend in April 2012! We have special plans made for next year's trip that I will share with you later. It's hard to remember to take photos sometimes when there is a lot going on and you are busy, or having so much fun, but I will resolve to try to take more next year, of everything we are doing.