The Old Manse is located on Monument Street in Concord, Massachusetts. The origins of the house began in 1770 as the home of of the grandfather of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson lived here around 1816, then returned in October 1834 after the death of his first wife. He continued his residence here until autumn of 1835. Nature, his first essay, was written during his time at the Old Manse. Author Nathaniel Hawthorne coined the name of the home - The Old Manse - which is a Scottish term for preacher's home. Hawthorne rented the home in 1842, and he and his new bride, Sophia Peabody, took up residence in the house on July 9, 1842 on the day of their wedding. Other famous guests to the house included Henry David Thoreau, Louis May Alcott, and Franklin Pierce. The house remained in the Emerson family until 1939. It now functions as a museum. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been declared a National Historic Landmark.