Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord

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Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is a cemetery located on Bedford Street near the center of Concord, Massachusetts. The cemetery is the burial site of a number of famous Concordians, including some of the United States' greatest authors and thinkers, especially on a hill known as "Author's Ridge."HistorySleepy Hollow was designed in 1855 by noted landscape architects Cleveland and Copeland, and has been in use ever since. It was dedicated on September 29, 1855; Ralph Waldo Emerson gave a dedication speech and would be buried there decades later. Both designers of the cemetery had decades-long friendships with many leaders of the Transcendentalism movement and is reflected in their design."Sleepy Hollow was an early natural garden designed in keeping with Emerson's aesthetic principles," writes Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn in his Nature and Ideology. In 1855, landscape designer Robert Morris Copeland delivered an address he entitled The Usefull and The Beautiful, tying his principles of naturalistic, organic garden design to Emerson's Transcendentalist principles. Shortly, afterward, Copeland and his partner were retained by the Concord Cemetery Committee, of which Emerson was an active member, to design a cemetery for the growing community.On September 29, 1855, Emerson delivered the opening address of the cemetery's consecration. In it he lauded the designers' work. "The garden of the living," said Emerson, was as much for the benefit for the living, to communicate their relationship to the natural world, as it was to honor the dead. By situating the monuments to the dead within a natural landscape, the architects conveyed their message, said Emerson. A cemetery could not "jealously guard a few atoms under immense marbles, selfishly and impossibly sequestering from the vast circulations of nature recompenses for new life particle."
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  • This is a big cemetery, and it is easy to get lost if you enter through the wrong gate. Thus, make sure to get a map of the cemetery before visiting. Also, bring a few pens and pencils with you to add...  more »
  • Enjoyed seeing the places where the area authors and other important people are buried. It was a first to see graves decorated with pencils. Somewhat difficult to find with a car because of the rotary...  more »
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  • A beautiful cemetery. So happy with the work done on it in the past. Historic place too!
  • Fascinating place to spend a few hours. You can get a map that details all of the historic individuals buried there. We went on a blustery October day an wandered around ourselves, although there was a guided tour available. Because it was October, the Headless Horseman made an appearance. Don’t forget to stock by the historic church at the entrance as well!

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