Like so many towns in Massachusetts, Concord was the cornerstone of some of the most significant moments that helped shape U.S. history and independence. It was among the first settled outposts of the Massachusetts Bay Colony by English settlers and one of the first interior towns in the state. Perhaps just as important is the town’s rich literary history. During the mid-1800s, it emerged as the epicenter for a period of American history called “The Flowering of New England.” It was during this time that the country’s greatest literary minds rose to fame, including Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott.
Today, Concord affords visitors a wealth of must-see attractions, all of which celebrate its storied past. The Battle Road Trail preserves the original site of Paul Revere’s capture, the Bloody Angle that served as an ambush point for colonists, and the home of Captain William Smith of the Lincoln Minute Men. Today it is a 5.5-mile path for cyclists and walkers that passes by beautiful historic homes, wetlands, and fields.
Other notable points of interest include Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Walden Pond, Ralph Waldo Emerson House, and Minute Man National Historical Park. Perhaps the most popular nearby tourist attraction is Old North Bridge, the site of the first battle day in the American War of Independence. While the current bridge is a replica of the original, it still remains a must-see attraction in Concord.