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Concord History

Ralph Waldo Emerson in his later years

Ralph Waldo Emerson

So much history in one place! Here are a few highlights...

By the way: if you are looking for simple tourist information such as hours of musuems, where to eat...well, our site does NOT provide that.

We do have LOTS of information for you to THINK about in preparation for (or instead of) a visit here.

Why don't we provide simple tourist info? Well, that's just the kind of people we are.

Maps of Concord
Visiting some of our historic sites? You might find some of these maps handy.

Discussions on Concord's History

  • We have dozens and dozens of articles on Concord's history and historic people in the Concord Magazine. Why not search for your favorite topic? (Hint: Don't simply search for the word "history" because there will be too many results returned). Find out site-wide search engine here.
  • Henry David Thoreau's Natural History of Massachusetts presents much local information. (More Thoreau links.)
  • Read about the Concord/Lexington segment of the PBS show about Liberty.
  • Who were the minutemen and militia involved on April 19, 1775? See their names listed.
  • Join the Concord Discussion List and discuss Concord's history. Search the list archives for your topic.

    Historical Reenactment Information

  • The Battle Road Clothing and Accoutrements
  • His Majesty's Tenth Regiment of Foot in America
  • 85ème Régiment de Saintonge

    Historic Sites
    See our maps and transportatation pages for help about getting around Concord.

  • Bullet Hole House where hole from bullet fired during the battle at the North Bridge can still be seen (Monument St)

  • Colonial Inn, earliest part built 1716 (Monument Square)
  • The Concord Museum features the famous 1775 Revere lantern, an unparalleled Thoreau collection, Emerson's Study, "Exploring Concord" film and changing exhibitions (Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Rd)
  • Emerson House (pictured above, left), home of Ralph Waldo Emerson from 1835-1882 (Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Rd) (Emerson literary links)
  • First Parish in Concord, site of the first and second Provincial Congresses of 1774. (Lexington Rd)
  • Grapevine Cottage, home of developer of the Concord Grape, Ephraim Bull (Lexington Rd)
  • Meriam's Corner is the site of a skirmish between Minutemen and retreating British troops on April 19, 1775. (Lexington Rd at Old Bedford Rd)
  • Minute Man National Historical Park, including Old North Bridge.Search the Concord Magazine for more info on the Concord Fight and North Bridge.
  • Old Hill Burying Ground contains the graves of Colonial families and Revolutionary soldiers (Lexington Rd at Monument Square)
  • The Old Manse, home to Hawthorne, Emerson, early Concord ministers. Here is Mosses from an Old Manse, Hawthorne's piece about his home there. (Monument St., adjacent to Minute Man National Historical Park) (Emerson and Hawthorne literary links)
  • Orchard House was home to the Alcott family from 1858-1877 and the house described in LITTLE WOMEN (399 Lexington Rd). (Alcott literary links).
  • Sleepy Hollow Cemetary, including Author's Ridge with graves of many Concord notables, including Thoreau, Emerson, Hawthorne, Alcott, and the beautiful Melvin Memorial sculpted by Daniel Chester French. From a page devoted to the famous and their gravesites, several in Sleepy Hollow are described and pictured here. (Bedford Street/Court Lane near the town center)
  • Walden Pond is the site of H.D. Thoreau's cabin where he wrote his book "Walden." It is now a state park. (Route 126 near Route 2)

  • The Wayside was home to the Hawthorns, Alcotts, and later author Margaret Sidney (The Five Little Peppers and How they Grew). (455 Lexington Road)
  • Wright's Tavern on Monument Square. "Built in 1747...Here met the committees of the PROVINCIAL CONGRESS on the eve of the Revolution while the larger body sat in the MEETING HOUSE close by. Headquarters of the Minutemen in the early morning of April 19, 1775. Later that day Headquarters of the British under command of Colonel Smith and Major Pitcairn" (from plaque on front of building).

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