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Top Choice Cemetery in Concord

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

This is the final resting place for the most famous Concordians. Though the entrance is only a block east of Monument Sq, the most interesting part, Authors’ Ridge, is a 15-minute walk along Bedford St. Henry David …
Top Choice Historic Site in Concord

Old North Bridge

A half-mile north of Monument Sq in Concord center, the wooden span of Old North Bridge is the site of the ‘shot heard around the world’ (as Emerson wrote in his poem Concord Hymn). This is where enraged minutemen f…
State Park in Concord

Walden Pond

Henry David Thoreau took the naturalist beliefs of transcendentalism out of the realm of theory and into practice when he left the comforts of the town and built himself a rustic cabin on the shores of the pond. His…
Museum in Concord

Concord Museum

Southeast of Monument Sq, Concord Museum brings the town’s diverse history under one roof. The museum’s prized possession is one of the ‘two if by sea’ lanterns that hung in the steeple of the Old North Church in Bo…
Deli in Concord

Concord Cheese Shop

This is a cheese shop, as it claims, with an excellent selection of imported and local cheese, as well as wine and other specialty food items. But the folks behind the counter can whip those ingredients into an amaz…
Ice Cream in Concord

Bedford Farms

Dating to the 19th century, this local dairy specializes in delectable ice cream, and frozen yogurt that tastes like delectable ice cream. If prices seem a tad high, it's because the scoops are gigantic. Its tradema…
Cafe in Concord

Haute Coffee

Here's a sweet coffee shop serving rich Counter Culture coffee, ground and brewed to order. If you're hungry, there are simple, delicious soups, sandwiches and tartines. The baked goods and pastries are made in-hous…
House in Concord

Wayside

Also known as the 'Home of Authors,' this gracious colonial mansion was home to three writers of note during the 19th century. Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Harriet Lothrop (Margaret Sidney) all stayed …
Historic Site in Concord

Old Manse

Right next to Old North Bridge, the Old Manse was built in 1769 by Ralph Waldo’s grandfather, Reverend William Emerson. Today it’s filled with mementos, including those of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne, who lived h…
Historic Site in Concord

Orchard House

Louisa May Alcott (1832–88) was a junior member of Concord’s august literary crowd, but her work proved to be durable: Little Women is among the most popular young-adult books ever written. The mostly autobiographic…