Replica of Thoreau's cabin
at the Walden parking lot

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"There is some of the same fitness in a man's building his own house that there is in a bird's building its own nest." - H. D. Thoreau, Walden, chapter 1
The original must have looked rougher, with it's "imperfect and sappy shingles made of the first slice of the log," but also newer when Henry lived there. The Concord Museum has some of the original cabin furniture on display.

The interior of the Walden cabin replica includes a table, bed, desk, two chairs, the fireplace and a firewood box. The cabin probably had a closet. 

More about Henry's stay at the Walden cabin: Thoreau’s First Year at Walden in Fact & Fiction

The tour returns across the road, and ahead about three years - Start of tour - Next

Henry Thoreau sends New Year's greetings...
Excerpted from Parke Wilde's blog on U.S. Food Policy, January 2, 2005

My family frequently swims and walks at Walden Pond, a few miles from our home. But on a sunny New Year's Day, we mainly had walking in mind, although we did see one brave family take a ritual dip as they apparently do every year. Actually, the children in the family bravely hid their embarrassment on shore while their parents braved the waters. The pond is popular with free-spirited folk.

My oldest child, four years old, likes the replica of Thoreau’s tiny cabin next to the parking lot, and also the quiet grove where the original cabin’s foundation lies at the far shore of the pond. The boy knows Henry as the bear in the delightful books by D. B. Johnson, who captures for children the heart and soul of Thoreau’s essays. To our delight yesterday, the cabin was occupied by a charming and talented Thoreau re-enactor, who invited us in for traditional local New Year’s Day biscuits (baked in a real wood oven from a nineteenth-century recipe).

I meant to tell him how good he was at his acting, but part of his charm was his refusal to break character, so I thought better to leave the compliment unsaid. Once my eldest got over his surprise in finding that Henry was a person rather than a bear, he was enchanted. He especially liked hearing about the Concord jail, from which Henry said he had recently been freed. A day later, my son asked me if I paid taxes.

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