Destination: Concord, Massachusetts
Site: Henry David Thoreau’s Home
“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?“
So wrote American writer Henry David Thoreau one and a half centuries ago. Sounds like a bumper sticker from the present day environmentalists, doesn’t it? Good old Thoreau continues to prove himself way out in front of the curve.
Thoreau, whose Walden Pond also provided us documentation of an early version of staycation (shudder!) wrote, if not travel books, certainly books that invite exploration of a place.
Our Great American Road Trip visited Massachusetts two weeks ago, so when I got this letter in the mail from the Thoreau Farm Trust, I just had to share it with you.
The non-profit organization has rescued the American pioneering environmental writer’s birthplace from destruction. In keeping with the man’s “green” principles, the house has been restored with sustainability as well as historic values. A neat trick, since the house was built in 1730.
I like the idea that instead of being just one more historic house in a state packed with them (Emerson, Alcott, Whittier, Emily Dickinson, Longfellow, etc.), the Trust is creating a place for people to learn about Thoreau’s environmental ideas and learn what they can do to make a “tolerable planet.”
If you would like to keep tabs on the project, learn more details, or support their work, go to the Thoreau Farm Trust web site.
Did you know that Thoreau’s house was being opened to the public? Will it be on your list of places to go? Have you read Thoreau? Love him or not?