Tour of the “Birthplace of Ideas” this summer!

View of Thoreau Farm sign in front of grass leading to white colonial house



Free House Tours

May through October
Saturdays and Sundays
11:00 am, 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm

On Saturday, October 28 and Sunday, October 29, there will be NO 11am tours of the house due to a special program. 

Admission is free. Suggested Donation $5/person 

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 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.

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

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.