Historic Sites and Museums

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Historic Sites & Museums


Authors’ Ridge
Bedford Street
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is the final resting place of Louisa May Alcott, Amos Bronson Alcott, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Marriet Milford Stone Lothrop (Margaret Sidney). Open daily from dawn to dusk.
Battle Road Trail
Route 2A in Lexington
Tel. 978-369-6993
Historic sites in the Battle Road area of the park are connected by the Battle Road Trail. This five-mile pathway, for walking, bicycle or wheelchair, follows remnants of the historic road, and visits historic houses, farming fields, wetlands, and forests.
Concord Art
37 Lexington Road
Office: 978-369-2578




Concord Colonial Inn

48 Monument Square, Concord


Concord Art  is located in the Jonathan Ball house. The Art Association houses a permanent collection of paintings, sculpture, miniature paintings, and furniture. There are monthly exhibitions of contemporary art. Open all year. Closed Mondays. No admission charge.



Concord’s Colonial Inn’s original structure was built in 1716. One of the Inn’s original buildings was used as a storehouse for arms and provisions during the Revolutionary War. When the British came to seize and destroy the supplies, the Minutemen met them at the North Bridge on April 19th for what became the first battle of the American Revolution. The event is commemorated every April with a parade near the Inn and a ceremony at the North Bridge on Patriots’ Day.

Concord Free Public Library
129 Main Street
Tel. 978-318-3300
Special collections. Open Monday – Thursday – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Closed Sunday. Admission free.
Concord Museum
On Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Road
Office: 978-369-9763
Recorded Info: 978-369-9609
Group Tour Reservations: 978-369-9763
Featuring a renowned historical collection, American literary treasures, a nationally-significant collection of Concord clocks, silver and furniture in self-touring galleries with the Exploring Concord film. Special events include Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature, Warm Words Storytelling Festival, an annual golf tournament, a June garden tour, and lectures, family activities, and walking tours. Group guided tours and educational programs for school groups available by reservation. Students (with valid ID); $5 Youth (6-18); Free to children under 6 and Museum Members.
The Drinking Gourd Project
A project of the Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council
P.O. Box 744
Concord, MA
Concord’s African American and Abolitionist HistoryThe Drinking Gourd is another name for the Big and Little Dippers. The North Star pointed out by these constellations was a guiding light for travelers heading North to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Click here for map of sites connected to this history.
The Liberty Ride
Tel. 781-862-0500 x702
A Unique Tour of Lexington & Concord – Ride along the historic Battle Road while your costumed guide recounts the exciting events of April 19, 1775 and the literary legacy that defined American identity and culture. 90 minute tour stops at all historic sites and attractions. Easy on/off stops close to local attractions, hotels, shopping, and dining. Free re-boarding. Operating May through October . $25 adults/ $10 students. 4 buses daily, 10:00am – 4:00pm.
Louisa May Alcott’s  Orchard House
399 Lexington Road
Tel. 978-369-4118
The Alcott family home, where Louisa May Alcott wrote “Little Women” in 1868. Tours, children’s programming for a summer lecture series, and living history programs are offered. Gift shop. Admission charge
Minute Man National Historic Park
Tel. 978-369-6993
The park preserves and interprets the significant historic sites, structures, and landscapes associated with the opening of the American Revolution on April 19, 1775. The park includes the North Bridge, site of “the shot heard round the world,” the Minute Man Statue, and the first four miles of the Battle Road. The park also preserves The Wayside, The Hartwell Tavern, and The Brooks House.
Minute Man Visitor Center
Route 2A in Lexington 1/2 mile west of I-95 (Mass. Route 128) Exit 30B
Tel. 781-674-1920
Features an award-winning multi­media theater program, “The Road To Revolution,” which provides a good introduction to the events at Lexington and Concord. Half hour shows in season.  Admission is free.
North Bridge Visitor Center
174 Liberty Street
Tel. 978-369-6993
Exhibits and bookstore are located in the Buttrick Mansion. The historic garden is especially attractive late May – early June.
The Old Manse
269 Monument Street
Next to the North Bridge
Tel. 978-369-3909
Historic house museum offering guided tours. Seasonal hours. Off-season group tours and education programs are available upon request.
Ralph Waldo Emerson House
28 Cambridge Turnpike
Tel. 978-369-2236
The home of the American writer from 1835 to 1882. Seasonal. Admission charge.
The Shop at Walden Pond
915 Walden Street
Across from Walden Pond
Tel. 978-287-5477
Browse a selection of books, clothing and gift items when visiting beautiful and historic Walden Pond.
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Just East of Concord Center on Rt. 62, then turn left into cemetery.
Beautiful planned cemetery with ridges and natural bowls framing a wide variety of stones and memorials. “Author’s Ridge” is home of the graves of Henry David Thoreau, Nathanial Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, among other notables. Also visit the Civil War memorial sculpted by Daniel Chester French. Open year round, daylight hours. Free.
The Thoreau Society
341 Virginia Road
Tel. 978-369-5310
The Thoreau Society is the oldest and largest organization devoted to an American author and is dedicated to promoting Thoreau’s life and works through education, outreach, and advocacy. The Society hosts an Annual Gathering in July.
Thoreau Farm – Birthplace of Henry David Thoreau
341 Virginia Road
Tel. 978-451-0300 thoreaufarm.org
Visit the “birthplace of ideas,” the historic house where literary luminary Henry David Thoreau was born. Learn about Thoreau’s life beyond Walden Pond, and explore how his timeless ideas on life, nature and civil responsibility are relevant in the 21st century. Seasonal and by appointment.
The Walden Woods Project
The Thoreau Institute
44 Baker Farm, Lincoln
Tel. 781-259-4700 walden.org/instituteA research and education center devoted to Thoreau and Walden Woods. Please call ahead to schedule a visit.Walden Pond State Reservation
Ranger Station at 915 Walden Street
Tel. 978-369-3254

Open daily all year.  Admission free. Parking charge.



The Wayside
455 Lexington Road
Tel. 978-369-6993 or
918-318-7862 or 7863
The Wayside was home to three families of authors: the Alcotts, Nathanial Hawthorne, and Margaret Sidney. Seasonal

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DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park
51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln
Tel: 781-259-8355
35-acre setting with Museum and Sculpture Park showcasing modern and contemporary American artworks with a cafe a museum gift shop. Open Tuesday thru Sunday from and selected Monday holidays. The Sculpture Park is open year round during daylight hours.  Admission charge. Parking is free.
Codman House
Codman Road, Lincoln
Tel. 781-259-8843
1735 House with eclectic architectural features richly furnished with portraits, memorabilia, and art works. The grounds feature a hidden Italianate garden with perennial beds, statuary, and a reflecting pool filled with waterlilies. Annual events include an Antique Vehicle Meet in July and an Artisans’ Crafts Fair in September.
Discovery Museums
171 Main St, Rt. 27, Acton
Tel. 978-264-4200
Make exciting discoveries through hands-on exploration in two age-appropriate museums. Younger children explore the wonders of creative play in an intimate setting at the Children’s Discovery Museum. Older children experience science with open-ended, interactive exhibits at the Science Discovery Museum. Hours vary seasonally.
Fruitlands Museums
102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard
A 210-acre complex including four buildings: Fruitlands Farmhouse, site of Bronson Alcott’s 1843 Utopia experiment. Shaker House, Native American Museum and Picture Gallery with primitive portraits and Hudson River landscapes. Luncheon facilities and gift shop. Seasonal. Admission charge.
Historic New England’s Gropius House
68 Baker Bridge Road, Lincoln
Tel. 781-259-8098
Walter Gropius, founder of the German design school known as the Bauhaus, was one of the most influential architects of the 20th century. He designed this house as his family home in 1937, when he came to teach at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. The Gropius House is a National Historic Landmark.
The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods
44 Baker Farm, Lincoln
Tel. 781-259-4700
Open all year, by appointment. Free admission.