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Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord

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Cemetery · Tourist Spot
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is a rural 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 "Authors' Ridge."

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  • A beautiful day to explore this really historic place. We loved to discover the quartz headstone of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and a bit of history for our kids  more »
  • Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is a traditionally old New England style cemetery. There are large and ornate headstones everywhere. But what makes this place interesting, is that it has an "Author's Area...  more »
  • Apparently inspired by the ideas of Emerson and other Transcendentalists, this peacefully beautiful cemetery is a serene woodland. Immaculately green and quiet (we visited on a late summer afternoon), the cemetery's 19th century tombstones spread over undulating terrain amid trim paved pathways. We found and silently paid respects at the family gravesites of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. Apparently it’s a thing to leave pens and pencils at their graves. I guess it’s a well-meaning gesture, but the dead don’t need it.
  • Beautiful cemetery. I normally like to walk at a fairly quick pace going through a cemetery but, this one felt peaceful. It was lovely to walk through and amazing to see the resting places of such notable, distinguished authors on Author's Ridge. Highly recommend.

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