Floating from Past to Future

Although he died in 1862, you can still meet Henry Thoreau, alive and rowing an exact replica of his original boat, at Walden Pond on October 7.  This event, sponsored by the Thoreau Society, promises to be a real treat.  The quote below is from Thoreau’s first book, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, which he wrote while he was living at Walden Pond.  (Read it online.)

Henry David Thoreau and his boat, the Musketaquid

Walden Pond–Main Beach
Sunday, October 7, 12-2 p.m.

“…We seemed to be embarked on the placid current of our dreams, floating from the past to future as silently as one awakes to fresh morning or evening thoughts. We glided boatnoiselessly down the stream…” –Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers
Henry David and John Thoreau Jr., built a boat, the Musketaquid, in which they drifted and rowed from Concord Massachusetts, to Concord New Hampshire, and back. Later, while living at Walden Pond, Henry David Thoreau wrote A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers, an account of that trip that combined currents of history, literature, and philosophy.

Meet Henry, portrayed by historian Richard Smith, as he paddles the Musketaquid to the main beach at Walden Pond, where he will share his thoughts about that trip.

This is a free program, but there is a $5 parking fee. No dogs are permitted unless they are working guides. For more information, call park staff at (978) 369-3254. Reasonable accommodations upon request.

Sponsored by the Friends of Walden Pond, an activity of the Thoreau Society. Many thanks to the Concord Museum for the loan of the reproduction of the Musketaquid.

Department of Conservation and Recreation * Division of State Parks and Recreation

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