In 1635, Concord was the first incorporated inland settlement in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1775, it was the site of the first battle of the American Revolutionary War. The Concord community has continued to preserve its history and rural beauty over the centuries.
The Old North Bridge, where the first American victory took place in the American Revolutionary War, is a famous historical site. Other popular historical attractions include the Paul Revere Capture Site, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Damon Mill, and Ralph Waldo Emerson House. Local museums include Concord Museum, Old Manse, and Orchard House. Downtown is home to several art galleries and performing arts centers.
There are plenty of outdoor recreational activities in Concord. Walden Pond State Reservation has picnic areas and offers swimming, hiking, biking, and boating. The South Bridge Boat House rents canoes and kayaks on the Sudbury River. Minute Man National Historical Park provides educational programs, events, and tours, as well as miles of trails going through farming fields, wetlands, and forests. This park is also home to the famous annual Patriot’s Day celebration. The local family owned Marshall Farms specializes in annuals, perennials, and farm fresh veggies.
Concord has a variety of wonderful shops and boutiques. Restaurants range from fine dining to casual fare, so there is something to fit everyone’s taste. Main Streets Market & Cafe offers casual dining and live entertainment in the evenings. 80 Thoreau features fine dining and a New American cuisine.
Concord is known for its excellent schools. Public schools in Concord include Thoreau Elementary, Willard Elementary, Alcott Elementary, Concord Middle School, and Concord-Carlisle High School. Private schools include Concord Academy, The Fenn School, Middlesex School, Nashoba Brooks School, and Walden Street School.