Freedom's Way National Heritage Area
Visitors travel to Concord, MA from all over the world to see the North Bridge, site of the "Shot heard round the world." © 2013 Todisco.
Thoreau, as portrayed by historic re-enactor Richard Smith, pauses briefly during a family-friendly walk at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary in Princeton, MA as part of the In Thoreau's Footsteps program.
Against the backdrop of the Hartwell Tavern, British Regulars portrayed by dedicated re-enactors take part in Minute Man NHP's Patriot's Day celebration. Photo courtesy of Minute Man NHP.
The Royall House and Slave Quarters, a Medford estate built by wealthy Isaac Royall, is a museum that tells the story of enslavement in New England. © 2013 Todisco.
Stone monument in Medford MA marks the grave of New Hampshire soldiers that fell at the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1849. Photo courtesy of Medford Historical Society.
The Fruitland's viewshed from Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA looking toward Wachusett Mountain. © 2013 Todisco.
Often referred to as the Old Burial Ground, this Ashby cemetery was established on the Common in 1767 at the time of the incorporation of the town. Slate headstones show distinctive 18th century motifs, but the cemetery also includes later marble and granite markers. © 2013 Todisco.
The Nashua Manufacturing Company, now Clock Tower Place as depicted in this artist's rendering, developed the first large-scale textile mill in New Hampshire. Situated along the Nashua River in Nashua, New Hampshire the building provides apartments close to downtown restaurants and shops. © 2013 Todisco.
The Federal Style Abbot-Spalding House has been home to a succession of prominent Nashua citizens, including Daniel Abbot who is the father of Nashua, George Perham and William Spalding. The house was a common meeting ground for the famous and influential of New Hampshire. © 2013 Todisco.
Phase One , 6.8 miles of the 25-mile Bruce Freeman Trail, is open to non-motorized uses such as cycling, jogging, walking and skiing. © 2013 Todisco.
The Battle Road, site of Revolutionary War battles between British Regulars and Minute Men seems a distant memory, on a beautiful day in early Fall. © 2013 Todisco.
This farmhouse, site of an experiment in communal living led by Alcott and Lane in 1843, is part of the rich history to be discovered when visiting Fruitlands Museum, located in Harvard, MA. © 2013 Todisco.
News & Events

Community Character & Common Themes
Concord, MA: March 26th – 28th

Mark your calendar for this 3-day Interpretive Conference with discussions & explorations focusing on the meaning of place—past, present & future. Click here to learn more»

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Along Our Trails: Westminster – March 21st

The snow is melting and the Spring hike on Wachusett Mountain to Balance Rock is on! Come celebrate the end of winter with us. Click here to learn more»
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Sunday, April 12th

Join us at Walden Pond State Reservation Visitor Center as Professor Robert Thorson explores the themes in his latest book, Walden's Shore. Click here to learn more»
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Save the Date – May 16 & 17

Don't miss this weekend-long event. Discover the treasures hidden within our communities during this fun-filled, family event. Click here to learn more»
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The Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area brings the revolutionary ideas of American freedom, democracy, conservation and social justice into the present and future.
National Park ServiceFreedom's Way National Heritage Area is a member of ANHA, the Alliance of National Heritage Areas and is one of 49 Heritage Areas affiliated with the National Park Service. Learn more about National Heritage Areas.