In an effort to add some enjoyment in this trip, I decided to make a stop at Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts on the way home.
Best known for the retreat of author Henry David Thoreau who lived in a small cabin (10' x 15') on Walden Pond for two years (1845-1847). His book, Walden or Life in the Woods, recounts his experience living one on one with nature.
The Walden Reservation has a replica of Thoreau's cabin, along with an excerpt from Walden that shows the costs of the building materials used in the construction.
Two windows with glass: $2.43
One thousand brick: $4.00
Two casts of lime: $2.40
Hair: $0.31 (what does this mean?!)
Mantle-tree iron: $0.15
Hinges and screws: $0.14
The exterior and interior of the replica cabin
Over the years there have been movements to try to develop the Walden Pond area (there was an amusement park located at the far end of the Pond in the early 1900s, but it was destroyed by fire and never rebuilt). The land was managed by Middlesex County in the early 1960s, and it was proposed that part of its 60+ acres be razed for parking and other amenities. This plan was averted by a Massachusetts Superior Court judge who ruled that in the deed donating the property to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, it was specified that the land be put in conservation so it could never be developed and thus preserving its natural beauty for generations to come. The property is currently managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Statue of Thoreau outside the replica of his cabin