Visitor Center

Concord Visitor Center closed starting Oct 8th 2018

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

Open April-October
7 days a week 10AM-4PM

Contact us:
58 Main Street Concord, MA 01742

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.

2018 Visitor Map

View the 2018 Visitor Map below or click here for a printable PDF version. These maps are available free of charge at the Concord Visitor Center or by visiting one of our sponsors.
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Historic Points of Interest

1. Concord Visitor Center* - 58 Main Street - 
2. Wright Tavern - 2 Lexington Road
3. Old Hill Burying Ground - 2-12 Monument Square -
4. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery - 34 Bedford Street - 
5. Elisha Jones (Bullet Hole) House - 242 Monument Street
6. The Old Manse* - 269 Monument Street - 
7. Old North Bridge* - 174 Liberty Street - 
8. The Robbins House* - 320 Monument Street - 
9. Monument Square
10. Ralph Waldo Emerson House* - 28 Cambridge Turnpike - 
11. Concord Museum* - 200 Lexington Road - 
12. Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House - 399 Lexington Road - 
13. The Wayside* - 455 Lexington Road - 
14. Meriam House - 34 Old Bedford Road
15. Thoreau Farm* - 341 Virginia Road - 
16. Great Meadows Wildlife Refuge - Monsen Road - 
17. Emerson-Thoreau Amble - Heywood Meadow to Walden Pond

* denotes where tours are available 

Museums and Things to do

Concord Museum


The Old Manse


Old North Bridge


Walden Pond


Meriam House 

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The Robbins House


Ralph Waldo Emerson House


The Wayside


Elisha Jones (Bullet Hole) House


Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House


Sleepy Hollow Cemetery