Wheeler-Minot Farmhouse/Henry David Thoreau Birth House
The Wheeler-Minot Farmhouse/Henry David Thoreau Birth House is also known as the Thoreau Farm. It is the birthplace of Henry David Thoreau, famous American writer, poet, and naturalist. Thoreau was born here in 1817 and the farmhouse was depicted in his journals. The farm is now preserved as a historical site and celebrates his life and works.
Backstory and Context
Thoreau’s parents, Cynthia and John Thoreau, lived in town at the time of their marriage, but moved back into the farmhouse in 1813 following the death of Minot. Henry David Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817, and his family resided on the farm for the next eight months. After a harsh winter, the family moved back into town, leaving the farm behind. Although Thoreau only lived on the farm as an infant, his future writings drew upon his mother’s experiences on the farm.3
2 Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System. Accessed November 07, 2017. http://mhc-macris.net/Details.aspx?MhcId=CON.177.
3 Thoreau Farm. Accessed November 07, 2017. http://thoreaufarm.org/thoreau-birth-house/.
4 Life and Legacy. Thoreau Society. Accessed November 07, 2017. https://www.thoreausociety.org/life-legacy.
6 Ten American Conservation Heroes. SwitchBack Travel. Accessed December 01, 2017. https://www.switchbacktravel.com/americas-top-10-conservation-heroes#Thoureau.
7 Thoreau Farm Trust. The Town of Concord, Massachusetts. Accessed November 07, 2017. http://concordma.gov/documentcenter/view/2442.