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Grave of Henry David Thoreau
The grave of Henry David Thoreau is marked with a simple marble headstone on the Thoreau family plot, located on Author's Ridge within Concord's Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

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Thursday, 29 September 2011

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Concord, Massachusetts
United States

Type of network resource:
  • Historical Marker

Issues addressed:
  • Peace / Nonviolence
  • Voting / Participatory Government
  • Prison Reform / Anti-torture
  • Environmental Justice


Grave of Henry David Thoreau
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is Thoreau's final resting place. Though he was originally buried in the Dunbar family plot in the lower part of the cemetery, he and his family were moved up to "Author's Ridge" in Sleepy Hollow in the 1870s. Not far from the Thoreaus are the Hawthornes, the Alcotts, and the Emersons. Visitors often leave "presents" on or near the gravestones. These can range from pennies to pine cones to personal notes.

Concord's largest cemetery, Sleepy Hollow, can be found one block east of Monument Square, on Bedford Street. It has an estimated 10,000 gravesites, many of local, national, and international interest. It was one of the first cemeteries in the United States to be designed to have a sylvan character and has also been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Two highly visited areas are Authors Ridge, a measure of Concord's dominance of 19th century American literature, and the Melvin Memorial. If coming on foot, enter at the first gate, and walk parallel to Bedford Street. If coming by car, use the second gate; there are parking spaces next to Authors Ridge.

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