Living With Ralph

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Taylor and I really like this Emerson quote because it seems to sum up our life in a nut shell.  Not following the traditional path is how we ended up living here in the first place.

I have had a few people ask “how on earth did you end up living in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s house?” Well, the answer is that Taylor and I were extremely lucky when this was all coming about.  We knew we were going to be moving to Concord, MA to work on the farm and Taylor’s parents started looking around at potential places for us to rent.  Taylor’s dad ran into Bay Emerson (a great-grandchild of Ralph’s) and she told him about an opening at the Ralph Waldo Emerson house for care takers.  The house is open for tours from April through September.  She told him if we were interested we could meet up with her and she could show us the ropes.   Needless to say, we were sold!  In exchange for rent our duties would include cleaning the inside of the house after each tour (4 days a week) mowing the lawn, and basic yard upkeep.

Not a bad gig at all! We come home from the farm pretty pooped, so some days the work around the house is pretty tiresome.  However, it is all worth it.  Not many people can say they live in Ralph Waldo Emerson’s house.

The house truly is a huge piece of American history. If you are ever in the Concord, MA area, come by for a tour.  It is really interesting.

Taylor likes to say how lucky Ralph Waldo Emerson was to be living in the future home of Andrea and Taylor.  However, I think we are all lucky. It is pretty darn cool.

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4 Responses to Living With Ralph

  1. liz says:

    Another Emerson quote: “All life is an experiement. The more experiemnts you make the better.” Seems as though you two are onto many an experiment.
    From your blog it’s easy to tell that you are not only nourishing your bodies with the Hutchin Farm bounty but you are clearly nourishing your spirit.
    Enjoy your day off.

  2. Carrie Link says:

    Love Taylor’s spin on it! Look how cute you are at cleaning!

  3. amy leclerc says:

    I love Taylor! Bet Ralph never bet on his future inhabitants to build a bar in the kitchen-everyone has to leave their mark.


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