Hello, and welcome to Walden Pond! You are now standing in front of the cabin inhabited by transcendentalist writer and philosopher Henry David Thoreau starting in the summer of 1845. For two years, two months, and two days, Thoreau lived in this cabin, hoping to gain a more objective understanding of society. This experiment was influenced by Thoreau's interest in transcendentalist philosophy, which believed that people were at their best when truly self-reliant. By living off the land with few material possessions, Thoreau proved it skeptical to think that any outward improvement of life could bring inner peace and contentment. For more information, please visit the gift shop and purchase one of the many books on transcendentalism. Also available; t-shirts, coffee mugs, toys, and many other items to commemorate your trip! Thank you for visiting Walden Pond, sponsored by General Atomics, maker of the Mister Handy robotic assistant.”— Automated Tour
On the north shore of this pond is the home of Henry David Thoreau from the summer of 1845 until 1847. Hoping to gain a more objective understanding of society, influenced by the principles of Transcendentalism. His account of the experience was recorded in Walden; or, Life in the Woods, which made the pond famous. Before the Great War, the sight became a tourist attraction. A gift shop was built next to the cabin, and the audio tour associated with it was sponsored by General Atomics International. Ironically, it suggested that the tourist should pick up one of the many books on transcendentalism, and/or select from a selection of t-shirts, coffee mugs and toys.
This pond would later be littered with detritus, almost dry, and is irradiated at 10 rads/sec. Now the pond, or rather the basement of the gift shop and tunnels, is occupied by a small raider gang, lead by Walter. They are discussing who and what Thoreau and transcendentalism are; although it goes without saying, Tweez is incorrect and Bear cannot read.
The pond itself has little worthwhile, except for a drainage pipe in the southwest shore. There is also a gift shop on the hill southwest the pond. The gift shop has nothing out of the ordinary, with a Master-locked door to the basement behind the counter. East of the gift shop is a meager campsite inhabited by Mikey and Moss.
Gift shop basement
The basement (as accessed from the drainage pipe) begins with a mostly straight pipe that leads to a small cave. An earthen tunnel leads to a busted wall into the gift shop basement proper, which contains a number of shelves and cabinets. A hallway to the northeast has a staircase leading back up to the main giftshop.
- Big Jim, a unique pipe wrench, is next to a toolbox on a shelf against the southeastern wall of the basement.
- An issue of Tales of a Junktown Jerky Vendor is next to a lantern on a barrel in the small cave.
- A Vault-Tec lunchbox is in the southern corner of the basement.
- The Note to Tweez is found in outside the basement door in the giftshop.
Walden Pond appears only in Fallout 4.
- Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Collector's Edition p.265: "[1.19] WALDEN POND
Once the home of a transcendentalist author, this is now home to a quartet of chem-addled Raiders. The gift shop has some traps, as well as a note near the locked basement door (Master). Walter the Raider has the key. Enter the basement via the drainage pipes. Don’t forget to take the audio tour!"
(Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Map)