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Emerson's stately home offers an instructive look at the days when a philosopher could attain the status we now associate with rock stars. Emerson, also an essayist and poet, lived here from 1835 until his death, in 1882. He moved in after marrying his second wife, Lydia Jackson, whom he called Lydian; she called him Mr. Emerson, as the staff still does. The tour (the only way to enter the house) gives an affectionate look at Emerson's personal side and at the fashionably ornate interior decoration of the time. You'll see original furnishings and some of Emerson's personal effects. The contents of his study from the time of his death are in the Concord Museum.