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Mapping Thoreau Country

This site uses historical maps to organize and interpret documentary materials related to Thoreau's travels throughout Massachusetts. Clicking on the red map pins will open new pages containing explanatory notes, images, quotes, and links to additional resources that illuminate Thoreau's contributions to American political, social, economic, and environmental thought. To view Thoreau's adventures in cartography, please click on Thoreau's Maps at the top of this page.

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  • Newburyport

    Thoreau lectured on his excursions to Cape Cod at Market Hall in Newburyport on December 6, 1850. Read more...
  • Chelmsford

    The Thoreau family lived in Chelmsford from 1818-1821. Read more...
  • Lowell

    Lowell figured significantly in Thoreau's life, both as a site of lectures and a symbol of industrial expansion. Read more...
  • Gloucester

    Thoreau delivered "Economy-Illustrated by the Life of a Student," an early Walden lecture, here on December 20, 1848, Read more...
  • South Danvers

    Thoreau lectured on his travels on Cape Cod at the South Danvers Lyceum on February 18, 1850. Read more...
  • Fitchburg

    Thoreau gave a lecture entitled "Walking, or the Wild" in Fitchburg on February 3, 1857. Read more...
  • Bedford

    Thoreau gave his lecture on "Wild Apples" at the Bedford Lyceum on February 14, 1860. Read more...
  • Salem

    Nathaniel Hawthorne arranged for Thoreau to lecture in Salem on two occasions, November 22, 1848 and February 28, 1849. Read more...
  • Lynn

    Thoreau delivered "Autumnal Tints" at Frazier Hall in Lynn on April 26, 1859. Read more...
  • Medford

    Thoreau read "Economy," a lecture that evolved into a chapter in Walden, in Medford on January 22, 1851. Read more...
  • Cambridge

    Thoreau attended Harvard College here from 1833 to 1837 and returned often to use the library. Read more...
  • Pittsfield

    In 1844, after a night on Mt. Greylock, Thoreau joined Ellery Channing here for a trip to the Catskills. Read more...
  • Mt. Wachusett

    After he hiked to Mt. Wachusett in July 1842, Thoreau turned his notes into "A Walk to Wachusett." Read more...
  • Boston

    Thoreau gave several lectures here between 1844 and 1859 including his defense of John Brown. Read more...
  • Worcester

    Thoreau lectured more frequently in Worcester than in any other place except Concord. Read more...
  • Lincoln

    Thoreau spent considerable time in Lincoln including six weeks living in a hut at Flint's Pond in 1837. Read more...
  • Concord

    Explore Thoreau's travels in Concord. Read more...
  • Clinton

    In 1851, Thoreau lectured here in response to an invitation from the Bigelow Charitable Mechanics Institute.
  • Framingham

    Thoreau delivered a fiery speech, "Slavery in Massachusetts, here on July 4, 1854. Read more...
  • Provincetown

    Thoreau took four trips to Cape Cod and recorded a wealth of entertaining observations. Read more...
  • Truro

    Thoreau lodged at the Highland Lighthouse during July 1855 while he studied the natural history of Cape Cod. Read more...
  • Plymouth

    Thoreau delivered his lecture on "Moonlight" here on October 8, 1854. Read more...
  • New Bedford

    Thoreau gave one of his most popular lectures, "What Shall It Profit," at the New Bedford Lyceum on December 26, 1854. Read more...
  • Nantucket

    Thoreau delivered "What Shall It Profit" at the Nantucket Lyceum on December 28, 1854. Read more...
  • Mount Greylock

    Thoreau made his first trip to Mt. Greylock in 1844. Read more...