A path lined with trees leads to the house.
In 1842, The Old Manse was rented by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne, who lived there with his wife, the former Sophia Peabody, for the first three years of their marriage. The vegetable garden was planted by Henry Thoreau as a wedding and welcome gift. Hawthorne described the house in his book, Mosses from an Old Manse, published in 1846:
Between two tall gateposts of roughhewn stone (the gate itself having fallen from its hinges at some unknown epoch) we beheld the gray front of the old parsonage, terminating the vista of an avenue of black ash trees.
The caption reads in the original French:
Maison de Hawthorne, à Concord.