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Map of the town of Concord: Middlesex County Mass., surveyed by authority of the town

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Torn in Two exhibition: Concord, Massachusetts, which is widely recognized for its role in the American Revolution and the literary and philosophical "revolution" of Transcendentalism, was also a center of anti-slavery activity. Among those residents who supported the anti-slavery cause were Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. This 1852 landownership map of Concord portrays the community a decade before the Civil War. The site of the first battle of the American Revolution is marked with a monument labeled "Birthplace of American Liberty." It is also possible to locate the homes of a number of those involved in the anti-slavery movement. Emerson's and Hawthorne's homes are near the village center. Others include Mary Rice, a station master on the Underground Railroad, and Peter Hutchinson, a free black man. From the Sea to the Mountains exhibition: Located on the Concord River is The Old Manse. This National Historic Landmark looks over North Bridge, where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired on April 19, 1775. Fifty years later, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote his seminal work Nature here. During his three-year stay, Nathaniel Hawthorne penned Moses from the Manse. This 1852 town map shows the location of The Old Manse and names its owner at the time – Mrs. Sarah Ripley. The house has changed little over the generations. Layers of wallpaper from centuries ago still cling to the plaster walls, and historical ‘graffiti' is scribbled liberally in closets and etched on windows.Relief shown by hachures.Includes illustration: "Monument...
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1852
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