Welcome to The Thoreau Society

Thoreau's desk

From the Executive Director's Desk:

Memberhip Outreach Letter: Support public understanding of Thoreau's life and legacy! 

Join our online "Fun"-raising Auction

The The Thoreau Society and The Thoreau Farm Trust Auction is now open. The auction will run from March 1, 2017 to March 29, 2017, with proceeds going to The Thoreau Society and The Thoreau Farm Trust in order to support our respective Missions to educate the public about Henry D. Thoreau. Auction items range from exotic vacation getaways to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise. So, tell your friends, family, community. Let the bidding begin!

Party like it's 1817!

Join us for the 2017

Thoreau Bicentennial Gathering 

 All are welcome to help celebrate Henry David Thoreau's 200th Birthday!

Learn more...

From the Blog


A sketch of Thoreau by Daniel Ricketson, “H. D. Thoreau returning to his Shanty from Concord,” circa 1855 (Courtesy of the New Bedford Whaling Museum)

Brent Ranalli tells us what we know about the way Thoreau walked, and what his sauntering style tells us about the man himself.

Thoreau rock collection

“Thoreau and Material Culture,” CFP for a guaranteed session sponsored by the Thoreau Society, Modern Language Association Annual Conference, New York City, January 4-7, 2018.