Brook Farm

Needham, Massachusetts 2494

Brook Farm

Brook Farm Professional Review and Guide

"In the first half of the 19th century, Boston was a hotbed of cultural activity, especially for Transcendentalism, a loose set of beliefs and projects that emphasized humankind’s inherent connection to God and to each other. This tour covers one of the most famous of the Transcendentalist projects—an ill-fated utopian society known as Brook Farm.

Beginning in 1841, a group of intellectuals and laborers followed Unitarian minister and Transcendentalist visionary George Ripley into the wilds of West Roxbury to live according to the movement’s ideals and the practices set out by French utopian socialist Charles Fourier. Although the farm attracted the attention of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau and a young novelist named Nathaniel Hawthorne (who lived at the farm for half a year), it suffered an early demise in 1846 when its largest building burned to the ground. Now the 179-acre farm is protected as a National Historic Landmark and managed by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation."

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Aug 2018