Thoreau–Alcott House

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Thoreau–Alcott House
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Thoreau–Alcott House
Thoreau–Alcott House is located in Massachusetts
Thoreau–Alcott House
Thoreau–Alcott House is located in the US
Thoreau–Alcott House
Location Concord, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°27′30″N 71°21′30″W / 42.45833°N 71.35833°W / 42.45833; -71.35833Coordinates: 42°27′30″N 71°21′30″W / 42.45833°N 71.35833°W / 42.45833; -71.35833
Built 1849
Architect Josiah Davis
NRHP Reference # 76000247[1]
Added to NRHP July 12, 1976

The Thoreau–Alcott House is a historic house at 255 Main Street in Concord, Massachusetts that was home to the writers Henry David Thoreau and Louisa May Alcott at different times.


The house was built in 1849 by Josiah Davis and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.[1]

Henry David Thoreau moved to this home in 1850 with his family; he stayed until his death on May 6, 1862.[2] After the death of her mother Abby May, Louisa May Alcott purchased the home for her sister Anna Alcott Pratt, though she moved there as well along with her father Amos Bronson Alcott. It was in this home that Louisa wrote her novel Jo's Boys (1886), a sequel to Little Women (1868).

Today, the home remains privately owned.

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Ehrlich, Eugene and Gorton Carruth. The Oxford Illustrated Literary Guide to the United States. New York: Oxford University Press, 1982: 45. ISBN 0-19-503186-5

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