The Thoreau birthplace is reopening for public tours in May 2022. Visits to the house are by guided tour only. Come learn about the birthplace of Henry David Thoreau and consider lessons about living deliberately that we can learn from his legacy.


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

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.

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


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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.