Concord Travel Guide

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Concord Highlights

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     Rich in American history and architecture 

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     Traffic can be a problem on the main streets at rush hour 

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     A great day-trip idea when you're visiting Boston 

Concord Things to Do

  • Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

    Just off Rt 62 is an area that is set aside as conservation land for migrating waterfowl. You can easily walk to it from the North bridge, if you know the way, but it is probably best reached by car or canoe.There are actually separate areas that make up Great Meadows, the larger is about 10 miles away in Sudbury.Open from sunrise to sunset.

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  • The Old Manse .. next to North Bridge

    It's the real house and it has been converted into a museum of sorts. Famous authors and philosophers Nathaniel Hawthorne & Ralph Waldo Emerson, the author of Nature, a pivotal book in American literature lived here and it is literally a stone throws away from the side of the North Bridge when the British troop were 'stopped'.The Alcott's were...

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  • The Old North Bridge

    The Old North Bridge stretches across the Concord River and it marks the spot where, on April 19, 1775, the Concord minutemen met with the British troops for the first time. The minutemen were in fact a group of untrained farmers who were ready to fight against the Bristish. As Ralph Waldo Emerson described it in his "Concord Hymn", as the British...

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  • Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

    Sleepy Hollow is the largest cemetery in Concord. It was designed in 1855 and is mostly famous because of a section called "Author's Ridge", in which all of Concord's famous writers have been buried. Henry David Thoreau (1862), Nathaniel Hawthorne (1864), Ralph Waldo Emerson (1882), Bronson and Louisa May Alcott (1888 - both were buried on the same...

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  • Walden Pond State Reservation

    From July 1845 to September 1847, Henry David Thoreau lived in a small cabin he built himself on a remote spot near Walden Pond. He wrote that he decided to try this experiment because he "wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life". For 2 years, 2 months and 2 days, he lived in relative isolation (but he did have some...

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  • The Old Manse, Home of Emerson and...

    This house was built in 1770 as a parsonage for Rev. William Emerson, the grand-father of Ralph Waldo Emerson, who had chosen this remote location because he wished to live in a quiet and peaceful environment - little did he know that the American Revolutionary War would start in his backyard about 5 years later! His grandson Ralph Waldo Emerson...

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  • Orchard House, Home of the Alcotts

    Orchard House was the home of the Alcott family from 1858 to 1877. At that point, having reconciled herself with the idea that her father's unconventional ideas and unsuccessful ventures meant that she would have to become the family's sole provider, Alcott began working on her semi-autobiographical novel "Little Women", which was published in...

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  • The Wayside, Home of Authors

    Three very popular American novelists have lived in this house: Louisa May Alcott, author of "Little Women", Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of "The House of Seven Gables" and "The Scarlet Letter", and Margaret Sidney, creator of the "Five Little Peppers" children stories. The first literary family to have lived there was that of Amos Bronson Alcott,...

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  • The Old North Bridge of Concord

    The Old North Bridge across the Concord River in Concord, Massachusetts is a historical site in the Battle of Lexington and Concord, the first battle day in the Revolutionary War.

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  • Take a minute......

    On our information-packed trip through history, we took a "minute" to visit Minute Man Park in Concord.Here you find the Minute Man Statue and the place where there was the "shot heard 'round the world" and the bridge where the first skirmishes took place. The first battle of the revolutionary war was really small skirmishes that ranged from the...

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  • Enjoy the early architecture

    We studied the Thomas Pellett house for quite a while. The placque says it was built 1670's - 1728. My son conjectured ... that they finished the exterior walls to make them look older and more interesting than in a more sophisticated and finished fashion. My point of view was that these were true patches and repairs on the way to a true...

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  • Picture yourself in the history

    This stone is in the stone wall at the intersection where the historic cemetery is...the church, the early homes, and the Liberty Pole. I have copied the words for you: On this hill the settlers of Concord built their Meeting House near which they were buried. On the southern slope of the ridge were their Dwellings during the first winter. Below...

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  • Do a grave rubbing

    Please enlarge some of my photos of the grave stones here. The art work on these stones is truly exemplar. I'm so impressed that everything is still in tact and quite readable...unlike most early stones, which wear away.... or the slate begins to flake. Bring your artist's pad and charcoal.

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  • Treat yourself to an ice cream cone!

    I think we all enjoy a good ice cream cone on a summer's afternoon. What better place to stop and rest for a bit? This spot is very shady and quite beautfiully cared for....just off the busy street.

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  • Explore the little shops

    Because Concord is so close to Boston and has the history and architecture it has...it is a very popular community for a commuter to travel into the city and live in a quiet and peaceful town. Of course that means that the people here are paying premium prices for their homes. Businesses would be paying high rents...and thus...luxury prices charged...

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Concord Restaurants

  • Best place to stop for lunch in Concord

    Main Streets Market & Cafe is located at the heart of downtown Concord, and it seems to be a favorite with the locals and travellers alike. The house in which it is located dates back to the early 18th century, and as it seems to be the case with everything in Concord, Main Streets has been open for business for over 100 years! Four generations...

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  • Dinner in a historic atmosphere

    The Colonial Inn was built at the turn of the 18th century as a private residence. As with most houses in Concord it has its share of literary history since Henry David Thoreau lived there with his family in the 1830s. In 1889, the house was transformed into a hotel and it has been operated as such ever since. After spending the day visiting the...

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  • Friendly, Fast Service, Great Lunch Stop

    This is a neighborhood eatery, clean, comfortable and the food was good. You get more than your money's worth. The roasted Italian vegetables and the bread was sooooooooooooo good. I ordered it again when I got back to Boston. It's an appetizer but they give you enough that it could be a meal at $2.99 it's a bargain. Also try the raspberry iced...

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  • Colonial Inn

    The Colonial Inn was recommended to me by the tour guide at the Orchard House. She said that it was a touristy place but that the food was good and above average. Generally I try to stay away from touristy restaurants, but upon checking this one out from the outside I liked the look of it and decided to stay. I had already driven around town for 30...

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  • Dine in a historic Inn

    The food is pretty good at this restaurant, more known for it's location and history than its cuisine.It's a good place for drink as well, with a couple of pretty nice pub areas.The dining options range from al fresco in the summer to a pub menu to quite formal dining in the dining room. I usually go with a prime rib. It's good because it's prime...

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  • Breakfast amongst History

    Concord's Colonial Inn is actually a hotel, however, my visit there was to the diningroom for breakfast. I was with a friend who insisted we wait breakfast on leaving Boston until we got to the Colonial Inn, and it was well worth it. As you can read from their website, the original building was built in 1716, and it has been a hotel since 1889. The...

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Concord Transportation

  • You'll need a set of wheels!

    Whenever I go to a new city I much prefer visiting it on foot - it's good exercise and it gives me way more time to take in all the different sites. In Concord, however, I quickly realized that I would have to spend most of the day driving around in my car. Even though downtown Concord is fairly compact, the different museums and attractions are...

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  • From the Route 128/95 belt...

    From the Route 128/95 belt around Boston, take Route 2A west straight into Concord centre. Or, take the MBTA commuter rail from North Station in Boston to the Concord rail stop. If you're really adventurous, start on bike at Porter Square in Cambridge and use the Minuteman Bikeway and the Battle Road Trail to Concord, passing through historic...

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Concord Warnings and Dangers

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    by davecallahan Updated Apr 14, 2007

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    Concord has had no murders and only 1 rape and 4 robberies in the last 6 years.
    They only have 2 registered sex offenders.
    The most prevalent crime is petty theft (like shoplifting or bike-stealing).

    So you can feel pretty safe in Concord. But you still should use common sense and lock car doors and know where your children are if they travel with you.

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Concord Tourist Traps

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    by Jefie Updated Jun 27, 2008

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    The Wayside, Orchard House, Emerson House and the Old Manse can only be visited by guided tours and, depending on the time of the year, the tours run every half-hour or sometimes only once every hour so if you're planning on seeing everything there is to see in Concord in only one day, you can't exactly play it by ear.

    Unique Suggestions: The best thing to do as you arrive in Concord is to stop by the Concord Visitor Center. The CVC is located at 58 Main Street, just behind Middlesex Savings Bank (free parking and public restrooms are available), and it is open daily from April to October, from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. When you get there you can get a free map of the city's attractions with daily guided tour hours for all the museums - this will help you plan your day and will save you a lot of hassle and running around.

    Fun Alternatives: Don't forget that Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and Walden Pond are open until sunset so you can save those for last!

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Concord Off The Beaten Path

  • grave of Ephraim Bull

    One man was responsible for developing a grape that could withstand the harsh New England weather.... Ephraim Bull. In the 1840s he started the arduous task of breeding and cross-breeding samples of grape vines in his long task of getting the results he hoped for but could never be sure it would work until he had the first Concord Grape vine...

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  • Oldest operating inn....Wayside Inn

    Just down the road from Concord we come to Sudbury. Here you find Longfellow's Wayside Inn. After publication of "The Tales of a Wayside Inn" in 1863, the Red Horse Inn became Longfellow's Wayside Inn by popular acceptance. It started as a 2 room homestead-turned-inn in 1702, licensed as an inn from 1716.Please see my Travelogue for more pics of...

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  • Stonework built by Ford

    Beautiful job of recreating an old grist mill. Altho it isn't the authentic thing...they have done an admirable job with the stone work.

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Concord Favorites

  • Garden elements

    Gardening has become quite fashionable once again...with the 100 garden catelogues I get in the mail every week. Concord has had its share of beautiful GARDENS for generations...obviously. This old wrought iron fence is beautifully done and striking in the street scape. Again...you will note how close the cemetery comes to the houses along the...

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  • Early artists

    The people who did gravestones in the 1700's were respected artists who did some very beautiful work. This was a particularly lovely stone. Again, as I mentioned earlier, I am wondering about the mint condition of these stones...and question if they are reproductions. No matter...they make wonderful examples and excellent candidates for grave...

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  • Re-use of older architecture

    We were certain this lovely Greek Revival structure must have once been a bank building, but is now in use as a retail shop. That's what is nice about the New England towns of today. Rather than tearing down old mills and banks and such...there is a new use found and restoration has kept the flavor of history and the character of the town. How...

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Mill stones..
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Martha-Mary Chapel
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Sudbury....park like grounds at Wayside mill
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Explore and study the houses of worship
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Look to the rooftops
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Wander down the alley ways
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Take a walk..preferrably in sunlight
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Grave rubbing paradise
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Traditions...
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A Hiking We Will Go!!!!
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See Henry David Thoreau's cabin
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Visit Walden Pond
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Orchard House-Louisa May Alcott
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Gropius House
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Author's Ridge at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
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Concord Museum
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Walden Pond
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Downtown Concord
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North Bridge & Visitors Center
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Fields in the Winter
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Drive the back roads and enjoy the fall foliage
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MINUTE MAN NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
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Orchard House - Home of the Alcotts
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North Bridge
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Author's Ridge at Sleepy Hollow
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Walden Pond
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Orchard House (home to Louisa May Alcott)
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The Old Manse (home to Emerson & Hawthorne)
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The Emerson House
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The Concord School of Philosophy (Alcott)
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Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House
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The Minutemen Historic Park
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Chipmunks !!
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