Through Henry’s Eyes: Virtual Tours of Thoreau’s Birth House

Historian and writer Richard Smith, perhaps best known for capturing the spirit and wit of Thoreau for more than 20 years, gives three virtual tours of Henry’s birth house. Please click on the following links to view the tours: Birth RoomHouse History, and Background on the Thoreau Family.

With each tour, you will feel transported back to 19th century Concord, with Thoreau as your guide. You can almost feel the spring of the wide pine floors under your feet; the smell of cedar in the attic; and hear the “ticking of the clock in the house.”

These videos are perfect for school groups, folks who want to visit Henry’s birth house, and those who want to step into one of Concord’s most treasured historic homes.

This year Thoreau Farm celebrates its 10th anniversary of being open to the public. With great regret it will be closed for tours during May and June due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The rest of the season will be announced on a month-to-month basis, as we try to navigate this uncertain and difficult time.

Please know the board of directors is committed to protecting the safety of our guests and our staff. We look forward to seeing you at the house when this crisis is behind us.