Concord Visitor Center

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 accessible 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.

Contact Information

58 Main St. Concord, MA 01742

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Phone: 978-318-3100

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Reviews

nicole thibeault   September 8, 2020
They were really helpful here. Explaining maps and really know there stuff.
Steve B.   August 17, 2020
Great day for a boys day out. Took my 4 and 2 year old boys out for an outing at Minuteman Park. The visitors center did great with Covid restrictions....
Dale Graessle   March 15, 2020
We meet here frequently to park for our bike rides on weekends. Nice that there is no parking fee on weekends.
David C.   November 11, 2019
I love visitor centers! There's so much to history and lots of panels to read, but in here, they have a video presentation to summarize everything! The...
Lisa M.   September 16, 2019
Playing catch up on reviews! So behind! Lots of cool places this week! Minute Man National Historical Park. We checked out Lexington Battle Green where...
Si Mitch   September 11, 2019
Great public conveniences - all visitors' centers had these!
Javier Molina   August 18, 2019
This stop is must on your first, second and following visits to Concord. They are welcoming and helpful. He were lucky to have Peter giving us the tour. He was the best host, knowledgeable, funny and full of hidden maps and visuals to make us picture the actual revolution as it was live! Plus- fresh water and clean restrooms are complimentary.
Steven Fennessy   April 19, 2019
Clean public restroom. Best one I've used today.
Dinesh Gundu   May 23, 2017
Well I haven't been in the visitor center but this is to tell folks googling about a small wooden bridge at the edge of parking lot which is a hidden beauty at the heart of the beautiful small town. P.S. you might want to use bug spray if planning on standing on this bridge for an extended period of time.