What does it mean to "have it all?" Through the lives of five women who lived at the Old Manse between 1775 and 1905, we will learn how their desire to manage both a households and intellectual and artistic pursuits set them apart from other women of their time. Mary Moody Emerson witnessed the beginnings of the American Revolution from the Old Manse, and her nephew and protegee, Ralph Waldo Emerson, would start a revolution in literature in the 1830s. Sarah Alden Bradford Ripley was an accomplished scholar and botanist, who prepared students for Harvard. Sophia Hawthorne and Theodora Thayer were both noted artists, and Phebe Ripley an accomplished piano teacher. Through each of their lives, we will see where they took risks to pursue their artistic or intellectual passions, the personal reward, and sometimes disastrous personal consequences they faced. Their lives remind us that each of us that we can make our lives rewarding and meaningful based on the choices that we make.
Join us for a 20-minute tour highlighting one aspect of the Old Manse's history. Tour topics include Emerson and Transcendentalism, The Hawthornes, The Patriot Preacher, Sarah Alden Bradford Ripley, and the Attic of the Old Manse. These tours are a great way to have a shorter visit to the Old Manse or to gain more in-depth knowledge about a topic. These tours are also easy to combine with the longer Home to Two Revolutions Tour or the Creative Lives Tour. Offered on the half-hour; first tour begins at 12:30pm, last tour begins at 3:30pm.
Join our curators to help the Manse shine for spring! You’ll learn the proper techniques for handling and cleaning historic objects and will also help clean the winter’s cobwebs from our windows. Along the way, you will hear insights from our curators about the residents and objects in the Old Manse and immerse yourself in the Old Manse in all new ways. No experience required—adults and teens only, please.