Site of Thoreau's cabin, Spring 1998

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The stone mound has grown over the years from a cairn originally intended to mark the cabin site. On the sign is a quote from Walden, "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

The stone posts in the back mark the actual site discovered in 1945. The pond is behind the photographer, down a hill.

The photo on the left shows details of stones left on the mound by visitors. A circa 1908 photo shows the site from the other direction.

Photos by Amy Belding Brown

Encounter - poem by Amy Belding Brown

Posts have sprouted at the cabin site, and the shadows tell of a late Spring afternoon. You can picture Henry at the cabin door, trying to learn everything the shadows had to teach.

The tour now moves across the road, to visit a small structure. - Start of tour - Next

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