Thursday

Today is a day of inspiration as we head home to the birthplace of American Literature: Concord, Massachusetts.

7:00 - 8:00 am: Ala Carte Breakfast at the Ocean Edge 

8:15 am: Shuttle Pickup at Mansion and Villages Registration Buildings

8:15 – 10:00 am: Shuttle ride to Concord

10:00 am: Arrive in Concord

10:15 am– Noon: Visitation at Author’s Ridge and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is the first cemetery in America founded by Transcendentalists. One of the leaders of the Transcendental movement, Ralph Waldo Emerson, believed that the Divine was reflected in all of nature. The lovely grounds of this natural hollow indicate very little was disturbed in the design of the graveyard: the hollows, curves of the earth and the tall oaks were all preserved. A staggering number of world-famous writers were buried on Author’s
Ridge including Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.


Thoreau’s family manufactured pencils. Pictured is Story Summit Founder, David Kirkpatrick, photographing Thoreau’s gravestone amidst the pilgrim-vestiges of the many pencils and pens left to honor “a life lived intentionally.”

12:15 – 1:15: Picnic Lunch at the Old Manse

Not only did the Revolutionary War start here in the “shot heard around the world”, but a hundred years later this was the gathering place of the American Literary Revolution. Emerson wrote his seminal essay, Nature, at the Old Manse.
We’ll have a picnic lunch in the heirloom garden, a loving recreation of the garden planted by Henry David Thoreau as a wedding gift to Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne who were married at the manse and lived there for a season.

1:15 – 4:00: Tour and visits

In this, emotional and wonder-filled afternoon, we will visit:
- Ralph Waldo Emerson’s home
- Walden Pond and a recreation of Thoreau’s cabin
- Orchard House where Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women
- The Henry David Thoreau Museum

4:00pm – 5pm: Shopping on Main Street

5:00 – 7:00pm: Cultural Center Screening and catered dinner

We will screen the 2019 movie adaption of Little Women. The classic book by Louisa May Alcott
was written in Concord, and the majority of the movie’s exteriors were shot in Concord.

7:15 pm: Shuttle Pickup at Cultural Center


7:15 – 9:00am: Shuttle Ride to Ocean Edge

The “Go To Room” : After dinner casual conversation

"How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live." - Henry David Thoreau

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