George Ripley

George Ripley

The original Brook Farm was a short-lived but influential Transcendentalist utopian agrarian community, founded by George Ripley, a former Unitarian minister. Many luminaries of the Transcendentalist movement were a part of the Brook Farm experiment or came as visitors, sharing ideas and striving to put those ideas into practice.

Margaret Fuller

Margaret Fuller

A frequent guest at Brook Farm, Margaret Fuller was a social reformer and author of particular brilliance with a passion for women’s rights, especially the rights to education and employment. She was considered one of the most important individuals of the Transcendental movement.

Theodore Parker

Theodore Parker

Theodore Parker was a Unitarian minister serving the Second Parish in West Roxbury during the period of the Brook Farm experiment. An abolitionist, transcendentalist, and social progressive, his radical views had a powerful influence on reform movements of the day. His affection for George Ripley and his love of nature made him a frequent visitor to Brook Farm.

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Nathaniel Hawthorne was the author of The Scarlet Letter, The House of Seven Gables, The Marble Faun, and many other works of fiction and non-fiction. His satire, The Blithedale Romance, is based upon his dubious experience at Brook Farm, where he stayed between April and November of 1841.