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By far the most popular section of the cemetery is Author’s Ridge. This woody path is home to the bodies of Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson (who spoke at the cemetery’s dedication ceremony) and their families. I was surprised to see that visitors left offerings of pens, pencils, and even library cards to commemorate the famed authors.

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