Welcome to Thoreau Farm, the Birthplace of Henry David Thoreau

Thoreau Farm is open for tours! 

Take an inside look at the restored 1730s house listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Wheeler-Minot Farmhouse/Henry David Thoreau Birth House. Locally, it is also known as “Thoreau Farm.” Tour includes the lovingly restored second-floor room where Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817. Visits are by guided tour only.

Saturdays & Sundays
May through October
11:00 am, 1:00 pm, & 3:00 pm
Admission is free. Suggested Donation $5/person

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An Afternoon with Henry David Thoreau

May 15, 11:00 am, at Thoreau Farm

Step back in time to 1858 and spend sometime with the famed 19th-Century writer and naturalist Henry David Thoreau!

This program is part of the Freedom’s Way Heritage Area’s month-long Hidden Treasures Festival of Nature, Culture & History. This program is free and open to the public. 

Find Out More About This Program

Announcing the KLEIO x Thoreau Farm Luxury Candles Collection.

Announcing the KLEIO x Thoreau Farm Luxury Candles Collection. Named after the Ancient Greek muse of history, KLEIO brings the past to life by recreating the aromas of olfactive history in candle form, illuminating a particular place in time. Candles from this collaboration transport you back to 19th-century New England, recreating Thoreau’s olfactive world as detailed in his writings.

Learn More about the Candle Collection


A Program in Partnership with the Thoreau Society

You can learn with us through our programs inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s life and work.  Check out our current writing programs and author talks at The Write Connection at Thoreau Farm a partner program with the Thoreau Society.

Explore The Write Connection Programs

What Would Henry Do?

A book series aimed at exploring the question: if Henry David Thoreau were alive today, what would HE think, what HE say, what would HE do?


Learn More about this Book Series

Order What Would Henry Do? Volume I

black line drawing logo of a rooster on a roost over the words he roost Don’t miss many insights about Thoreau’s enduring lessons that can be found in The Roost: The Blog at Thoreau Farm 

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The Thoreau Farm Trust, a nonprofit organization, is committed to preserving Thoreau’s birth house. We believe Thoreau’s extraordinary insights into life, nature, and social responsibility are as relevant today as they were during his lifetime. We hope you will find his birthplace a source of inspiration for living deliberately, practicing simplicity, and exploring new ideas for positive change.