Visit Thoreau Farm

2020 Season

Please Note: At Thoreau Farm, we take the health of our visitors and employees seriously. As a precaution for the spread of the flu and the coronavirus, if you’re sick, stay home, rest, and remember to: 1. cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your sleeve and 2. wash your hands often with soap and water. We look forward to seeing you when you feel better! For more information on the coronavirus, visit the Center for Disease Control website.

The Thoreau birthplace will open for the season on May 2, 2020. We will be open on Saturdays and Sundays through October 31. Visits to the house are by guided tour only. Tours are at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. You do not need to take a tour to visit the grounds. You may also arrange a tour at another time by contacting us at or 978.451.0300.

FREE Admission and FREE Guided Tours on Saturday and Sunday during the 2020 season in honor of the 10th  anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s birth house being opened to the public.

If you are part of a group that wishes to visit, please contact us at or 978.451.0300 to arrange your visit so we may best accommodate you.

Admission fees– $6 adult and children FREE– might be applicable during weekdays and off-season weekends to accommodate tour groups.

Directions to Thoreau Farm:

Thoreau Farm is located at 341 Virginia Road in Concord, Mass., opposite Elm Brook Lane. The site is handicapped accessible. Parking is free. (Please park around back, not on Virginia Road.)

From the west, south, and east: Take Rte. 2 east or west, exiting onto Cambridge Turnpike in Concord.  If coming from the west, turn left; if coming from the east, exit by going straight, following signs to Concord.

On Cambridge Turnpike, turn right after about .7 mi. onto Hawthorne Lane. At the end, turn right onto Lexington Road. After about .7 mi. turn left onto Old Bedford Road. A half-mile later, turn right onto Virginia Road. Thoreau Farm is about .7 mi. down on the left.

From the north: From I-95/128 south, exit onto Rte. 2A west. Follow signs to Hanscom Field, and turn right at the blinking light onto Hanscom Drive (the airport access road.) Bear left after about .7 mi. onto Virginia Road. Thoreau Farm is about 1.5 miles on the right.