Thoreau's Boat

Date: 
October 14, 2013 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: 
Walden Pond (Main Beach)

FLOATING FROM PAST TO FUTURE: Henry David Thoreau and his boat, the Musketaquid

“…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 noiselessly down the stream…” Thoreau, A Week on the Concord and Merrimack River

Henry 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 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, and his brother, John, as they paddle the Musketaquid to the main beach at Walden Pond where Henry will talk 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. In order to protect the resource, Walden Pond has a visitor capacity. When visitor capacity is reached, the reservation is required to close for a few hours.

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

Thanks to the Concord Museum www.concordmuseum.org for the loan of the reproduction of the Musketaquid. Sponsored by the Friends of Walden Pond an activity of the Thoreau Society.