About Us | The Thoreau Society Shop at Walden Pond
In the interest of public safety, The Shop at Walden Pond has closed
and will remain so until at least April 7, 2020.
Orders may still be placed online at www.shopatwaldenpond.org.
We will announce our re-opening when we have more information.
Please stay safe.
We need the tonic of wildness. … We can never have enough of nature.
~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden
The Shop is usually open year-round and operates under seasonal park hours.
The Thoreau Society Shop at Walden Pond first opened
for business in May 1995. It was initially positioned in the Walden Pond State
Reservation office building as a collaborative effort between the Society and
the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management.
Previously, Thoreau fans and Concord pilgrims could
visit the Thoreau Lyceum at 156 Belknap Street. The Lyceum had been a popular meeting
place for Thoreauvians since it opened in 1966. Over the years, its staff answered
questions, produced publications, and sold Thoreau-related merchandise.
In 2015-2016, the old blue building was torn down in
order to erect a brand-new Walden Pond Visitor Center. For a year, the Shop
operated out of a trailer on the property. In October 2016, we were able to
move into the new Shop space, right next to the park's exhibit and movie
viewing rooms. Walden Pond State Reservation itself is open year-round, generally
from dawn to dusk. The Shop is open year-round with daily hours that vary by
Shop staff members are knowledgeable about Henry David
Thoreau, his contemporaries, the town of Concord, and the local flora and
fauna. Some of them have written books in their areas of expertise. They are happy to converse with visitors and
travelers on all sorts of subjects.
The Shop carries primarily products related
to Henry D. Thoreau, to Walden Pond, to Concord and its historical authors, to
nature and the environment, to writing and creativity, and to related subjects.
We have books, apparel, artwork, cards, jewelry, souvenirs, gifts, and even
drinks and snacks. Many of the books on our shelves have been signed by the
authors. Many of our gift items and photographs come from local artists and
The Thoreau Society is a non-profit organization. Our
mission is to keep Henry David Thoreau's writings and ideas alive, challenging
all to live a deliberate, considered life. Every Shop purchase helps to further
the mission of the Society. You can learn more about The Thoreau Society at
had more cheering visitors ... Children come a-berrying, railroad men taking a
Sunday morning walk in clean shirts, fishermen and hunters, poets and
philosophers; in short, all honest pilgrims, who came out to the woods for
freedom's sake, and really left the village behind …