Thoreau Cabin Site

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Walden Pond State Reservation, 915 Walden Street or Route 126,  Concord, MA   978-369-3254

In Walden:

“I began to occupy my house on the 4th of July, as soon as it was boarded and roofed, for the boards were carefully feather edged and lapped so that it was perfectly impervious to rain, but before boarding I laid the foundation of a chimney at one end, bringing two cartloads of stones up the hill from the pond in my arms.”  Page 73

In Real Life:

The cabin Henry David Thoreau lived in – in Walden, is not there anymore but you won’t be able to miss where it was. There are signs pointing the way once you get to Walden Pond.  And when arrive at the site you’ll see where the foundation of the cabin once stood. It was excavated in 1945 by a guy – archeologist – named Roland Wells Robbins.  He dug around and found the foundation for the chimney which Thoreau says he brought up from the pond “in my arms.”  Robbins  published a book about his findings and then went on to excavate other historic sites. And he’s remembered at Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods. It’s the Robin Wells Collection. There you can find some field notes and photographs of Robbin’s Thoreau Cabin excavation project.

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