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From the Archives

From the Archives: Walden Pond

Louis Russo /Globe staff/file 1946

“A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature.

It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.”

— Henry David Thoreau, “Walden,” 1854

As summer comes to an end, we take a look at a summer retreat visited by both the philosophers
and the frolicker. Thoreau’s two-year stay on the shores of Walden Pond ended Sept 6, 1847.

The lake has since transformed from a summer retreat to a popular swimming hole. Since the later half of the 20th century, there has been a strong conservation effort to preserve the bucolic property.


In this photo from Aug. 18, 1946, the bright sands, alive with sunbathers on a warm summery day,
made an animated scene against the cool backdrop of trees.

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Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite