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Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord

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Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is a cemetery located on Bedford Street near the center of Concord, Massachusetts. The cemetery is the burial site of a number of famous Concordians, including some of the United States' greatest authors and thinkers, especially on a hill known as "Author's Ridge."HistorySleepy Hollow was designed in 1855 by noted landscape architects Cleveland and Copeland, and has been in use ever since. It was dedicated on September 29, 1855; Ralph Waldo Emerson gave a dedication speech and would be buried there decades later. Both designers of the cemetery had decades-long friendships with many leaders of the Transcendentalism movement, and their design reflects that."Sleepy Hollow was an early natural garden designed in keeping with Emerson's aesthetic principles," writes Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn in his Nature and Ideology. In 1855, landscape designer Robert Morris Copeland delivered an address he entitled The Usefull and The Beautiful, tying his principles of naturalistic, organic garden design to Emerson's Transcendentalist principles. Shortly, afterward, Copeland and his partner were retained by the Concord Cemetery Committee, of which Emerson was an active member, to design a cemetery for the growing community.On September 29, 1855, Emerson delivered the opening address of the cemetery's consecration. In it he lauded the designers' work. "The garden of the living," said Emerson, was as much for the benefit for the living, to communicate their relationship to the natural world, as it was to honor the dead. By situating the monuments to the dead within a natural landscape, the architects conveyed their message, said Emerson. A cemetery could not "jealously guard a few atoms under immense marbles, selfishly and impossibly sequestering from the vast circulations of nature recompenses for new life particle."
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  • We were fortunate to stay next door to the cemetery .It was a surreal experience , visiting the graves of Louisa Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne and other great Concord based authors to pay our respects.S...  more »
  • It was rather interesting to see the gravesites of so many famous authors including Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and more. Parking was easy to loca...  more »
  • Our primary reason for visiting this cemetery was to see Author's Ridge where Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Louisa Mae Alcott are interred. The simplicity of Thoreau's grave is definit...  more »
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  • Amazing authors in this cemetary including: Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and more. The area where they are located is called Author's Ridge. I really liked visiting here, it felt historic.
  • Sleepy Hollow is the most serene of cemeteries and where I mother found peace before and after her death
  • Author's ridge provides a really neat experience for those interestedon the transcedentalists.
  • Awesome. Some of the world's best authors rest there.
  • Interesting wandering past the graves of some famous authors.