CONCORD, MASSACHUSETTS

Incorporated as the first inland settlement in Massachusetts, Concord was the site of the first battle of the American Revolutionary War. Here, on April 19, 1775, “the shot heard ‘round the world” for liberty and self-government was fired.

During the mid-19th century, Concord was home to some of the greatest literary and transcendental minds in America including: Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson and Louisa Alcott, and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Signs of their presence in the community remain to this day, evidenced by Concord’s numerous historic and cultural resources.

Twenty miles west of Boston, Concord is a picturesque New England community of handsome residences, preserved open spaces, family-owned farms, and thriving commercial centers. The town is served by MBTA commuter rail to Boston, Cambridge, and Fitchburg—and a commuter bus to Boston. State highway Route 2 runs through Concord, and Routes 128/95 and 495 are conveniently accessed.

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COMMUNITY FACTS

County: Middlesex
Settled: 1635
Incorporated: 1635
Population: 17,669
Area: 25.9 square miles

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Freedom's Way National Heritage Area
94 Jackson Road, Suite 311
Devens, MA 01434
(978) 772-3654

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