Circa 1908 photo of the cabin site

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Site of Thoreau's Cabin
The cabin site was higher than the pond, and on a small cove, which is seen through the trees in this photo. The pile of rocks was to mark the original site of Thoreau's cabin. In 1945 the actual site was unearthed a few feet away, to the left of the area photographed, and the pile of rocks has since grown into a much larger mound.

In 1881 Walt Whitman visited the cabin site, and later wrote: "Then to Walden Pond, that beautifully embower'd sheet of water, and spent over an hour there. On the spot in the woods where Thoreau had his solitary house is now quite a cairn of stones, to mark the place; I too carried one and deposited on the heap."

In 1883, and again in 1893, John Muir visited Walden. He wrote, "No wonder Thoreau lived here two years. I could have enjoyed living here two hundred or two thousand. It is only about one and a half or two miles from Concord, a mere saunter, and how people should regard Thoreau as a hermit on account of his little delightful stay here I cannot guess."

This is close to the view Henry would have enjoyed from his cabin door. The tour returns back to the cove and about 90 years foward, to an early Spring. - Start of tour - Next


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