Hawthorne 1804-1864

Honoring Nathaniel Hawthorne: July 4, 1804 – May 19, 1864

On the 150th anniversary of Nathaniel Hawthorne's death, Minute Man National Historical Park, Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site, and local organizations in Concord and beyond are celebrating the Hawthorne's life.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Memorial

Friday, May 23, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

First Parish in Concord, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, The Old Manse

This special program will honor Hawthorne on the anniversary of his funeral. The program starts at 6:00 p.m. at First Parish in Concord where Hawthorne's funeral took place in 1864. Readings will include works by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, other Hawthorne contemporaries, and his daughter Rose.

A welcome will be given by Anthony Fisher, Ministerial Intern at First Parish followed by readings given by:

  • Polly Peterson of the Transcendentalism Council of First Parish in Concord
  • Rick Frese of the Friends of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
  • Leslie Perrin Wilson, Curator of the William Munroe Special Collections, Concord Free Public Library
  • Marie Gordinier and Kristi Martin of the Ralph Waldo Emerson House
  • Jan Turnquist of Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House
  • Nancy Tevnan Grohol of Thoreau Farm/Birthplace of Henry David Thoreau
  • Michelle Blees of the The Wayside, Minute Man National Historical Park

Following this program, participants are invited to walk to Hawthorne's gravesite in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Along the way, the procession will pass the horse-drawn hearse that is believed to have carried Hawthorne's coffin in 1864, on display courtesy of Dee Funeral Home. Finally, the public is invited to an open reception at The Old Manse featuring light refreshments. This program is free and open to the public.

Events Sunday May 18 – Saturday May 24, 2014

A series of events in Concord from May 18 through May 24 will explore Hawthorne's life, literature, legacy, family, and association with the town. Please click here to download a PDF with the complete list of events: Hawthorne Memorial Week.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Week

The Town of Concord Board of Selectmen declared the week of May 18 through May 24, 2014 as Nathaniel Hawthorne Week as stated in this Proclamation.


This series of events is sponsored by Minute Man National Historical Park, Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site and the following organizations: Concord Free Public Library, Dee Funeral Home, Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne at Rosary Hill Home in Hawthorne, NY, Gatepost Tours, Friends of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, The Old Manse, Ralph Waldo Emerson House, Thoreau Farm/Birthplace of Henry David Thoreau, Transcendentalism Council of First Parish in Concord

For further details, reservations, and admission fees, visit fptranscendentalism.org.

Last updated: February 26, 2015

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