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The interior of the Olde Manse, built in 1770 for Rev. William Emerson. In 1834 his grandson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, lived in the house where he wrote 'Nature', an essay that set out for the first time, his belief in transcendentalism. Between 1842-1845 another writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne, lived and wrote in the manse. Since 1939 it has been keep by a trust and is now open to the public.