Thoreau’s Cabin on Walden Pond

It almost seems wrong to begin to design tiny homes without taking a closer look at Thoreau’s Cabin on Walden Pond. It measured 10′ by 15′, cost $28.12 1/2 to build, the frame went up in May and it was ready to live in by July 4th. He lived there for two years, two weeks, and two days. It was furnished with a bed, a table, a small desk and lamp, and three chairs — “one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.” The land was owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson. Read more about the book Walden.

Recreation of Thoreau’s Cabin on Walden Pond with a statue of him in front. (Above) Photo of the actual site marked by a cairn. (Below) Photos from Wikimedia Commons.


  1. J

    What are the most inexpensive sources for kits to build a replica of Thoreau’s cabin at Walden? Thank you.

  2. Great question Judy. I’ve not seen many but I’ll do some digging.

  3. D

    Did you ever get any response to this question? We are looking for same–


  4. I’ve not found any kits… but may draw some plans to offer here.

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  6. R

    Here’s a link to information about building the replica.

  7. Thanks Ric!

  8. R

    I guess it would help if I actually posted the link…

    And a blueprint of the frame on flickr:

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