Monday, June 14, 2010

The Concord Museum

Concord Museum

A Walk to Emerson's HouseSitting between Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House and Ralph Waldo Emerson’s home is the Concord Museum.


You cannot help but let your imagination go wild, as you glance up through the boughs of an old fruit tree.

A Walk to Emerson's HouseOne day while photographing Emerson’s home, I glanced over at the Museum and couldn’t help but notice the grand old fruit tree sitting in front of the building.


Concord MuseumI walked across the street and looked at the beautiful old tree from every angle.


Concord MuseumSuch beautiful old trees. I wondered if Louisa May might have sat beneath this very tree while babysitting Emerson’s children.


Concord MuseumI became curious about this majestic building, and the ivy covered brick facing which frames the gorgeous old green front door.


Concord MuseumI thought, was this the passage that Louisa May took when going to Emerson’s home?


Concord MuseumInside the museum you will find the most amazing exhibits. Yet, what about this handsome old building outside.

"In 1886 Mr. Cummings E. Davis moved into the Reuben_Brown_House" house with his unique collection of antiques and would exhibit his collection of local American furniture and other items for a price. During Mr. Cummings feeble years The Concord Antiquarian Society safeguarded his items and became possessor of the house. The Antiquarian Society utilized the house to display their collection of artifacts from American Revolution until 1930 when the Antiquarian Society moved their collection to the present Concord Museum in fear the Reuben Brown House might burn down and destroy there priceless artifacts."

Concord Museum

Concord MuseumThen while rummaging through one of my favorite old book shops the other day, I came across this little obscure little book called the Handbook Concord Antiquarian Society, Concord, Massachusetts 1932.

handbook concord antiquarian society

Concord MuseumWhen I opened up the book I read:

"In 1930 the old collection of the Concord Antiquarian Society was installed in the new house which had been built for it.

In the middle of the eighteen-hundreds a Concord character, Cummings E Davis had the unusual crotchet of collecting antiques. Long before the value of such things was recognized, he gathered everything he could."

concord antiquarian society

Concord MuseumThere inside was an old rendering of the Concord Museum. The Emerson family had donated the land where the museum stands today.

Concord Museum

Concord MuseumThe front door has also been preserved, and you enter through another door to visit the museum. A trip worthwhile. One of my favorite exhibits is the Emerson Library. To learn more about the museum you can click HERE.

Concord Museum
You just cannot help but let your imagination run wild...

Antique tree in front of the Concord Museum

as you glance up through the boughs of an old fruit tree. Dreaming of who might have sat beneath and written lovely words of the days they knew. Many people have come and gone admiring it's strong trunk and found shade underneath it's lovely branches. Yet it alone still stands, rooted in the history of the place and inviting the new guests to sit and to daydream for awhile.

The Concord Museum

1 comment:

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I'd love to visit all these sights one day, Karen. This post was so wonderfully informative!