There seemed to be some interest in some of the other(I did Thoreau’s house a few days ago) historic houses in Concord so I thought I would share a few-not sure of the paint colors but I could certainly find out if needed!
Built in 1770 for patriot minister William Emerson, The Old Manse, a National Historic Landmark, became the center of Concord’s political, literary, and social revolutions over the course of the next century. In the mid-19th-century, leading Transcendentalists such as Bronson Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, and Margaret Fuller discussed the issues of the day here, with the Hawthorne and Ripley families.
A handsome Georgian clapboard building, The Old Manse sits near the banks of the Concord River among rolling fields edged by centuries-old stone walls and graced by an orchard. From upstairs, you can look out over the North Bridge, where the famous battle of April 19, 1775, took place. Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne both called the Manse home for a time – and each found inspiration here. Emerson would draft his famous essay “Nature” from an upstairs room, and Hawthorne would write a tribute to the homestead called Mosses from an Old Manse. Hawthorne and his wife, Sophia, started their married life here, and you can still see the poems they wrote to each other, etched on the Manse’s window panes. The heirloom vegetable garden, which has been recreated today, was originally planted by Henry David Thoreau in honor of the Hawthornes’ wedding.
This beautiful farmhouse was built in the 1830’s and is historically protected.It was a two family farmhouse until the late 1880’s when it became a one family house. In 2000 the current owner gutted the house and created new space but on the footprint of the previous structure. It has a gorgeous view out the front of a classic farm here in Concord.
This house is stained in Ben Moore Pewter Gray.
This is the house of Henry David Thoreau. He lived his whole life in Concord although not all of his years were spent in this house. He was born in a different house, lived for two years as a handyman for Ralph Waldo Emerson in his house, and of course famously spent two years and two months living on Walden Pond. His family produced pencils behind the house that were generally thought to be America’s best-mostly because Henry had researched german pencil-making techniques.
A common mistake is the thought that Henry wrote “Walden” while living on Walden Pond.He actually wrote “A Week On the Concord and Merrimack Rivers”there-an account of a week long trip he took with his brother and a remembrance of John after he died quite suddenly in 1842.In actuality, he wrote most of “Walden” while living with his parents in the third floor attic room of this house.
The house is called “The Yellow House” by Thoreau scholars and was later acquired by the Alcott family. They added the west wing and many Transcendentalist meetings took place there.
The color is known as Thoreau yellow-a special mix-but can be obtained from PhillipsDES.com.
This delightful house was built in the late 1800’s. It has a wonderful property that slopes down to the Concord River. The exterior is painted in Chestertown Buff(HC 9),the shutters are Hidden Falls(714) and the trim is Windham Cream(HC 6). All are Ben Moore paints.
This beautiful house was finished in summer of 1999. It is incredibly detailed and feels like a historic house. The exterior paint color is soothing and smart-it is called Ancestral White by Ben Moore.This color may be discontinued but the mix may be obtained from PhillipsDES.com. The shutters are a mix of Black and Essex Green-1 part to 10 parts.
Here is another beautiful antique home that greets you as you come into Concord. The original house was built before 1690.Rueben Brown lived next door and used this house as his saddlery. The paint colors used are Ben Moore Bennington Gray(HC 82) for the house, Monterey White(HC 27) for the trim and Essex Green for the windows and doors.
This is a beautiful historic home that welcomes you as you drive into Concord.It was built in 1817. It is painted in Ben Moore Brilliant White in soft gloss and the shutters are Black-also in soft gloss.
This is a beautiful color. The owner had white before and wanted something a little different but not too dark. It is Ben Moore Silver Mist(1619).
This owner told me that when she was getting ready to paint her house after major renovations she was standing in front of the house and realized it would be nice to pick up the color of the lichen in the beautiful stone wall. It is called Nantucket Gray (HC 111) and is another historic Ben Moore. She also gets many people knocking on her door for the color!