Historic Sites and Museums

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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.

Minute Man Visitor Center

Route 2A in Lexington 1/2 mile west of I-95 (Mass. Route 128) Exit 30B
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.

Battle Road Trail

Route 2A in Lexington
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.

North Bridge Visitor Center

174 Liberty Street
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
978-369-3909
thetrustees.org

Historic house museum offering guided tours. Seasonal hours. Off-season group tours and education programs are available upon request.

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

399 Lexington Road
978-369-4118
louisamayalcott.org

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.

Thoreau Farm – Birthplace of Henry David Thoreau

341 Virginia Road
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.

Concord Museum

On Cambridge Turnpike at Lexington Road
Office: 978-369-9763
concordmuseum.org

Featuring a renowned historical collection, American literary treasures, a nationally-significant collection of Concord clocks, silver and furniture in self-touring galleries.

Concord Art 

37 Lexington Road
Office: 978-369-2578
www.concordart.org

The Art Association 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.

Minute Man National Historic Park

978-369-6993
nps.gov/mima

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.

The Shop at Walden Pond

915 Walden Street, Across from Walden Pond, 978-287-5477
shopatwaldenpond.org

Browse a selection of books, clothing and gift items when visiting beautiful and historic Walden Pond.

Concord Colonial Inn

48 Monument Square, Concord
978-369-9200
www.concordscolonialinn.com

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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson House

28 Cambridge Turnpike
978-369-2236
rwe.org

The home of the American writer from 1835 to 1882. Seasonal. Admission charge.

The Wayside

455 Lexington Road
978-369-6993 or 918-318-7862 or 7863
http://www.wayside.org

The Wayside was home to three families of authors: the Alcotts, Nathanial Hawthorne, and Margaret Sidney. Seasonal.

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.

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DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park
51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln
781-259-8355
www.decordova.org

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
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
978-264-4200
discoverymuseums.org

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.

The Walden Woods Project
The Thoreau Institute
44 Baker Farm, Lincoln
781-259-4700
walden.org/thoreau
Walden Pond State Reservation
Ranger Station at 915 Walden Street
978-369-3254
mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/

A research and education center devoted to Thoreau and Walden Woods. Please call ahead to schedule a visit.Open daily all year. Admission free. Parking charge.

Fruitlands Museums
102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard
978-456-3924
fruitlands.org

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
historicnewengland.org

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.