Thoreau-Alcott House

Famous author alert: Both Henry David Thoreau and Louisa May Alcott lived in this Concord, Mass., home, which was built in 1817 by Josiah Davis.

Thoreau’s father purchased the home in 1849, and the naturalist and essayist lived in the attic.

He didn’t always live there, of course. Thoreau left to live in the woods for two years, and he lived with Ralph Waldo Emerson and his family for a time, as well.

But it seems that he always had roots in this home, all the way to the end. In 1862, he died here of complications from bronchitis and tuberculosis (which he had had for almost 30 years).

In 1877, Louisa May Alcott helped her parents purchase the home, having formerly lived at Orchard House and The Wayside in Concord. At the time, the Little Women author lived in Boston, but spent time here as well. Alcott wrote Jo’s Boys (1886), the sequel to Little Women, during this time period.

The house, which boasts 5,800 square feet, six bedroom, 4.5 bathrooms, has nine working fireplaces and an in-ground pool. It was for sale in April 2019 for $2.635 million dollars, ultimately selling for $2.462 million.

You can see interior photos of the house from its recent listing at the bottom of this story.

The house remains yellow, like it was when the Thoreau family moved there in 1849.

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