Concord Guides - Walking Tours
Concord Guides

 Tour Information

  • When? / Where? / How Much?
  • Map of Concord / Directions To Concord
  • Why Us? / Highlights of Your Tour
  • Concord's History
  • Present Day Concord

    When?
    By Reservation only: April 15 to November 1.
    Time: Usually 2 to 4 P.M. on Saturday or Sunday.
    However, other times can be pre-scheduled to meet the needs of different visitors groups.
    ADVANCE RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED!

    Where?
    Meet on the front porch of the Colonial Inn in Concord Center, which is at the head of Monument Square at the junction of Lexington Road and Monument Street.

    How Much?
  • Adults
  • $19
  • College Students and Senior Citizens (65+)
  • $15
  • Youth (11-18)
  • $12
  • Children (6-10)
  • $7
  • Tots (5 and under with parents)
  • Free
  • Families (immediate)
  • $45 (maximum price)

  • Special Group Rates and Guides for bus tours available upon request.


  • Map of Concord



    Directions to Concord
    The town of Concord is located about 20 miles west of Boston and off Route 2, and is close to Routes 128 and 495. There is also a train from North Station that brings you directly to Concord Center.
    For more detailed instructions please call: (978) 287-0897



    Why Us?
    Our Licensed Concord Guides are knowledgeable, experienced and enthusiastic Concord area teachers, authors, historians, historic reanacters, and other professionals, eager to share with you Concord's unique historic, literary and natural heritage.

    Highlights of Your Tour
    • Welcome Orientation
      to Concord's unique historic, literary and natural heritage as well as visitor's sites.

    • North Bridge and Minuteman National Park, Visitor's Center,
      Minute Man Statue (1875), The Old Manse (1770), "Bullet Hole House"

    • "American Mile" - 1600's & 1700's Settlers Houses on Lexington Road;
      First Parish Church (1711, 1901)

    • Authors' Houses - Emerson ( built in 1828), Thoreau,
      the Alcotts' (built in 1750), Hawthorne, The Wayside ( built in 1717)

    • Battle Road, route of the British entry into and then retreat
      from Concord on April 19, 1775.

    • Concord Village (the "Milldam" 1635 - 1828): Shops and Restaurants;
      South Burying Ground (1690's), Concord Free Public Library(1873)

    • Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and Author's Ridge; (optional)
      R.I.P. Concord's Transcendentalist literary immortals.

    • Concord River, Mill Brook, Walden Pond (bus only)

    • Monument Square - Town House (1852), Colonial Inn (1716),
      Wright Tavern (1747), Town Green, monuments to Concordians killed in six wars.

    Guided Walking Tours in Concord

    "Stroll Through History Today!"

    Concords Past
    Walk where Concord was born; where huge glaciers helped form rivers, ponds, and hills over 20,000 years ago. Walk where Native Americans settled over 10,000 years ago, where the Sudbury and Assabet Rivers converge to form the Concord River. Native Americans called their village "Musketaquid" ("reedy river" in Algonquin).

    Colonial Concord
    Stroll through the early history of Concord. The town was founded in 1635 on a piece of land "6 myles square," bought from the Native Americans (in a treaty or "concord" or agreement) by Simon Willard, a merchant from Kent, England.

    Revolutionary Concord
    March to and cross over the North Bridge, where on April 19, 1775, Minute Men and militia from Concord and 27 neighboring Massachusetts villages and towns openly resisted British Army Regulars for the first time in history. This set in motion the American Revolution, which led to America's independence from England in 1783.

    Literary Concord
    Saunter on the same Concord streets where in the mid-1800's some of America's most famous writers; Henry David Thoreau, Lousia May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Margaret Fuller and their friends, strolled together. These Village streets are surprisingly little changed today, over 150 years later, due to Concordians' successful preservation efforts through many generations.

    Natural/Historic Concord
    Learn about today's controversial battles to preserve Concord's unique natural and historic heritage, including Walden Pond and Woods, Estabrook Woods, the Concord River, The Mill Brook, Heywood Meadow, Great Meadows, Thoreau's Virginia Road birth place house, and Daniel Chester French's home and sculpture studio. The developmental needs of a "real life" town of 16,000 people must be constantly balanced with the need to preserve Concord's unique heritage. This continuos balancing act is often contentious, at times fruitless, sometimes successful, sometimes inspiring - but never dull!

    Today's Concord
    Today's Concord still retains its small town atmosphere. Visitors can still stroll on the same Milldam (Main Street), little changed today from when Emerson and Thoreau sauntered here over 150 years ago and where British Regulars marched into Concord and from where they retreated back to Boston, pursued by the Patriot Militia and Minute Men in the "Running Skirmish" battle 225 years ago. Concord welcomes its visitors to share in its unique rich heritage and the beauty of its natural surroundings.

    Concordians have a strong sense of history, as well as an active involvement in the present, coupled with an intense desire to meet the future creatively, as we enjoy the New Millenium together.

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