Site of the first battle of the American Revolution, where "embattled farmers stood and fired the shot heard around the world". See also the Minute Man Statue, sculpted by noted American artist Daniel Chester French, the grave of the British soldiers, and the Concord River. Open daily, April through October, 9:00am to 5:00pm, and from November through March, 9:00am to 4:00pm. (Located on Monument St.)
Concord's past springs to life as 17 period rooms with colonial furnishings illustrate three centuries of domestic life. Contains the lantern hung in the Old North Church on the night of Paul Revere's famous ride, the world's largest collection of Thoreau artifacts and a replica of Ralph Waldo Emerson's study with original furnishings. January through March, Monday to Saturday, 11:00am to 4:00pm, and Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm. April through December, Monday to Saturday, 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Museum tours are available. 978-369-9763. (Located at Junction of 2A and Cambridge Turnpike)
Home of The Alcotts, the only home that Nathaniel Hawthorne owned, and later bought as a summer house by Margaret Sidney. Here she wrote The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew. Open May Through October, 9:30am to 5:30pm. Closed every Wednesday. Admission fee. Visitors tour with a National Park Service Ranger. 978-369-6975 (Located at 455 Lexington Rd.)
Home of noted philosopher, essayist and lecturer extraordinaire, Ralph Waldo Emerson. Where he exemplified his 'plain living and high thinking' from 1835 to 1882. Open April through October. Admission fee. 978-369-2236. (Located across from Concord Museum)
Home of noted Alcott family, where Louisa May wrote Little Women and Bronson Alcott ran a School of Philosophy, which attracted many literary notables to Concord. Open November through March, Monday through Friday 11:00am to 3:00pm, Saturday 10:00am to 4:30pm, and Sunday, 1:00pm to 4:30pm. April through October, Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 4:30pm, and Sunday, 1:00pm to 4:30pm. Admission fee. Group rates for 10 or more available, reservations recommended. 978-369-4118. (Located at 399 Lexington Rd.)
Repository of Thoreau memorabilia, natural history, research library, and a replica of Thoreau's Walden Pond hut, as well as Concord history and literature. (Located at 156 Belknap St.)
Authors Ridge in Sleepy Hollow
Final resting place of noted American authors, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, and Ralph Waldo Emerson. (Located on Bedford St.)
At the Old Burying Ground on Lexington Road at Monument Square an the Old South Burying Ground on Main Street, are the graves of the very early families of Concord. Towards the rear of the Old Burying Ground is the most famous stone in Concord, and the most important in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the grave of the freed slave John Jack. He lived on Lexington Road in the house before Orchard House and became landowner and citizen of the town and whose haunting,
The Old Manse
Located by the North Bridge, the home of the Patriot Minister Rev. William Emerson, and the grandfather of Ralph Waldo Emerson, who first published his work, "Nature" here. Nathaniel Hawthorne and his bride Sophia, lived here between 1842 and 1845. This is were, he wrote Mosses From An Old Manse. Sophia's love poetry, inscribed with her ring, remains on the window. Open April through October, Monday to Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Sundays and Holidays, 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Grounds are open throughout the year. Admission fee. Group tours are available. 978-369-3909. (Located at 269 Monument Street)
Minute Man National Historical Park
Created in 1959, Minute Man National Historical Park preserves and protects the
significant historic sites, structures, properties and landscapes associated
with the opening battles of the American Revolution. Most importantly, Minute
Man interprets the colonial struggle for natural rights and freedoms. Today,
Minute Man consists of over 900 acres of land which wind along original segments
of the Battle Road for April 19, 1775. In addition to the park's revolutionary
significance, Minute Man preserves and interprets the 19th century literary
revolution through The Wayside, home of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott
and Margaret Sidney.
Visitor Information (978) 369-6993. Click here to visit the website.
The Concord Minutemen gathered here while waiting for the arrival of the British Soldiers. Later in the day, British commanders made it their headquarters during the British occupation of Concord. (Located in Concord Center)
Here, Henry David Thoreau, Concord writer, naturalist and philosopher built a house in the woods where he lived for two years. (1845-1847) He encapsulated his experiences there in his book Walden.(1854). The Thoreau Society Shop at Walden Pond, features books by and about Thoreau, and gift items with Walden Pond and Environmental themes. Open year round. 978-287-5477. (Located on Rt. 126)
Concord Art Association
Has a permanent collection and frequent loan exhibitions. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am to 4:30pm, and Sunday, 12:00pm to 4:00pm. 978-369-2578. (Located at 37 Lexington Road).
Visitors Information Center
Open seasonal hours, April through October. Guided tours available Monday and Friday at 11:00am. Saturdays, Sundays and Monday Holidays, at 11:00am and 1:00pm. (Located at 62 Main Street, behind the Middlesex Savings Bank. This operated by the Chamber of Commerce, which is located at 105 Everett Street. 978-369-3120.
Concord Free Public Library
The Library greets you with a life-size sculpture of Ralph Waldo Emerson, and has an extensive collection of the writings of its famous authors, which extend beyond Alcott, Emerson, and Thoreau to the works of current prize winning authors, such as Doris Kearns Goodwin along with histories about the town and New England. There are special exhibits in the gallery and during the summer months, entertainment on the lawn. Open Monday through Thursday. 9:00am to 9:00pm, Friday 9:00am to 6:00pm, Saturday 9:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday 12:00pm to 6:00pm. (Located at 129 Main St.)
South Bridge Boat House
Headquarters for a unique outdoor adventure on Concord's fabled waterways. Tour through American history by canoe and see the wonders of nature, which inspired the authors who, lived and wrote here. Take a Pontoon excursion down the river with lunch or dinner in season. 978-369-9438 (Located at 495 Main St.)
Nashoba Valley Ski Area
Open December through March, 9:00am to 10:00pm, weekdays, and 8:30am to 10:00pm on the weekends. 978-692-3033 or 978-692-0649. (Located on Powers Road in Westford).
Concord is a great town for walking or hiking,
with leisurely trails located within a five minute drive of the Inn.
Punkatasset Hill is half a mile on the left off Monument Street.
Estabrook Woods which dead ends off Liberty Street, can be assessed from Monument Street of from Lowell Road, with a right onto Barnes Hill Road.
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is located on Monsen Road can
Fairyland Park is on Walden Street, across from Concord Carlisle High School.
Walden Pond State Reservation has trails to the site of Thoreau'scabin
Concord was an active farming community
and visiting some family farms is a part of the Concord Experience.
Verrill Farms at Nine Acre Corner, was the dairy section of town. Talks and tours can be arranged with the owner, Steve Verrill. Open year round, the farm stand and retail store, the fields of pick your own flowers, vegetables, and strawberries, combine with entertainment and seasonal special events. 978-369-4494
Arena Farms off Route 2, at 167 Fairhaven Road. Open year round, it features produce and greenhouses with the erection of a large farm barn building. 978-369-4769
Hutchins Farms at 754 Monument Street is Concord's organic farm with a view that is good enough to eat. Open April through October. 978-369-5040
Scimone Farms at 505 Old Bedford Road. It features flowers, vegetables, fruit and fresh eggs. Open April through early December. 978-369-3173