Visitor Center

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Explore Concord and its historic Sites, unique shops and restaurants, and nature at its best! Concord is important in three periods of history. Incorporated and settled in 1635 by 12 English Puritan families. It was the first settlement inland and above tidewater which meant it was excisable only by land. The settlers chose the name Concord for the town because it was their intention to live in peace and harmony not only with each other but also the Native Americans who had occupied the land for thousands of years. Located at the junctions of the Concord/Sudbury and Assabet Rivers which had abundant runs of shad, alewife, herring and salmon. On April 19th, 1775, it was the scene of the first battle of the War for Independence – the American Revolution, the battle of Lexington and Concord. During the middle of the nineteenth century, a period aptly called “The Flowering of New England,” Concord was home to some of the greatest minds in America. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bronson Alcott, and his daughter Louisa May Alcott, lived, talked, and wrote in Concord. Because of them, visitors, both literary and transcendental, flocked to this town which became an American Athens.

Through the years, the people of Concord have carefully preserved the historic and literary aspects of the town and, in addition, have maintained a commitment to the conservation of generous amounts of open space and wilderness areas. Bucolic places like Walden Pond, now a State Reservation are now protected for posterity. The three historic Cemeteries especially Sleepy Hollow where the authors and other people of note are buried. Private and public endeavors have preserved the homes of the Concord authors while the Minute Man National Park manages the North Bridge and Battle Road areas. Justly proud of its rich cultural heritage, the Concord of today continues to foster the arts, having a chorus, orchestra, band, four theater companies, two art centers, museums, historic houses and a theater for the performing arts.


Visitor Center Hours of Operation

Dates: April-October
Open for Thanksgiving weekend 
Hours: 10AM-4PM

Tour Info:

Friday- 1:00PM
Saturday- 11:00AM and 1:00PM
Sunday- 1:00PM

Tour Prices:

$12 adults
$8 age 12 and under
$30 for a family of 4, $5 per additional person

Group Tours:
Contact visitors@concordma.gov

How to get around

Concord is a walkable town with plenty to see and do.

The Minuteman Bike Share is a quick way to get around with docking stations in Concord Center, West Concord, and Lexington. Visit our Minuteman Bike Share webpage for more information on how the program works.

Tour buses can be used to travel around town and see the must see historic sites. Cars can also be used for travel.
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1. Concord Visitor Center* - 58 Main street - www.concordma.gov 
2. Wright Tavern - 2 Lexington Road
3. Old Hill Burying Ground - 2-12 Monument Square -  www.concordma.gov/315/Old-Hill-Burying-Ground
4. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery - 34 Bedford Street - www.friendsofsleepyhollow.org/index.html 
5.Elisha Jones (Bullet Hole) House - 242 Monument Street
6.The Old Manse* - 269 Monument Street - www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/greater-boston/old-manse.html 
7. Old North Bridge* - 174 Liberty Street -  www.nps.gov/mima/index/html 
8.The Robbins House* - 320 Monument Street - www.robbinshouse.org 
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10.ralph waldo emerson house* - 28 Cambridge Turnpike - www.nps.gov/nr/travel/massachusetts_conservation/ralph_waldo_emerson_house.html 
11.Concord museum* - 200 Lexington Road - www.concordmuseum.org 
12.Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House - 399 Lexington Road - www.lousiamayalcott.org 
13. The Wayside* - 455 Lexington Road - www.nps.gov/nr/travel/pwwmh/ma47/html 
14. Meriam House - 34 Old Bedford Road
15.Thoreau Farm* - 341 Virginia Road - www.thoreaufarm.org 
16.Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge - Monsen Road - www.fws.gov/refuge/great_meadows 
17.Emerson-Thoreau Amble - Heywood Meadow to Walden Pond

Museums and Things to do

Concord Museum

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The Old Manse

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Old North Bridge

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The Robbins House

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Ralph Waldo Emerson House

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The Wayside

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Elisha Jones (Bullet Hole) House

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Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House

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Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

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