Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

The Melvin Memorial at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Concord's largest - and only active public cemetery - Sleepy Hollow is one block east of Monument Square, on Bedford Street. Author's Ridge, burial site of Concord literary lights, is located here, as is the Melvin memorial by Daniel Chester French.

Historical Documents, Biographical Information and Research Relevant to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Dedication of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, September, 1855

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Address to the Inhabitants of Concord at the Consecration of Sleepy Hollow, 29 September, 1855,” in The Later Lectures of Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1843-1871, Vol II: 1855-1871, Ronald A. Bosco and Joel Myerson, eds. (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2001), pp. 30-34. Click Here to View  

William Ellery Channing, Dedicatory Poem for the Consecration of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, 29 September,1855. Click Here to View 

A. Bosco, J. Myerson and R.W. Emerson, “In the Palm of Nature’s Hand: Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Address at the Consecration of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Markers: The Annual Journal of the Association for Gravestone Studies, XXI (2004), pp. 148-73.

Melvin Memorial

“Mourning Victory from the Melvin Memorial,” Art Collection Records, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York. Click Here to View 

Concord Moment: "Mourning Victory" Melvin Memorial A brief video look at "Mourning Victory," the Melvin Memorial located in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts. Published by The Barrow Bookstore, Concord, MA, January  10, 2016.   Click Here to View    

From Nature and Ideology: Natural Garden Design in the Twentieth Century

Edited by Joachim Wolschke-Bulmahn

Daniel Joseph Nadenicek, “Emerson’s Aesthetic and Natural Design: A Theoretical Foundation for the Work of Horace William Shaler Cleveland.” Published by Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C., 1997.  Click Here to View