Welcome to Concord
Idyllic walkable community with a rich history
Concord is an idyllic haven for those seeking a private and walkable small-town community outside of Boston. The town has around 20,000 residents who love its pastoral charm and idyllic New England feel with an artsy twist. Residents of Concord enjoy its rich cultural heritage while maintaining access to Boston's big-city amenities, less than 20 miles away.
Concord may be the perfect place to call home if you are looking for a community that feels straight from the pages of a beloved novel.
What to Love
- Picture-perfect New England town with a charming main street and wood bridges
- Tons of history, including a rich literary tradition that continues today
- Top-rated school system
- Gorgeous, well-maintained homes in mature neighborhoods on large land plots
- A very involved community that takes pride in the town
Life in Concord focuses on preserving its local history while making strategic plans for the future. Residents here are incredibly proud of the town's history, and for a good reason. It was the site of the first battle in the American Revolution and has been the hometown of famous authors such as Thoreau, Hawthorne, and Alcott. Residents are passionate about sharing that history with visitors and maintaining key historic sites like North Bridge. But it's a progressive community, too, especially regarding environmental policy. Residents are actively involved in local projects, events, and government. They know this is a special place to live and want to work hard to preserve it. The friendly community welcomes newcomers and offers a unique artistic vibe you won't find in other small Massachusetts towns.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
Concord offers world-class dining that will keep you well-fed without a trip to Boston. Start your culinary exploration at Woods Hill Table, a comfortable diner with locally-sourced food. Get a table on the patio when the weather is warm. You'll want to check out Main Streets Market & Cafe, too. This busy restaurant serves classics like clam chowder, mac and cheese, and cornbread. The bright and cheery Saltbox Kitchen is another must-try location with farm-to-table dishes, including a popular breakfast menu.
For a unique experience, visit Verrill Farm. Their farm stand is one of the best, offering fresh produce and freshly prepared salads, sandwiches, pies, and more. You can organize your own picnic or stock up your home's freezer with tasty farm-fresh meals.
Things to Do
With a seemingly endless list of historic sites, museums, and parks, it will be challenging to run out of things to do in Concord. Start soaking up the local history at Minute Man National Historic Park, marking the site of the first battle in the American Revolutionary War. Then head to The Old Manse, the former home of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne. Emerson's other long-time residence is also nearby. You can then take a walk around or even swim in Walden Pond.
Fans of Little Women will want to check out Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, the home of the author and the setting for her most famous story. The home has been beautifully preserved and offers daily tours. Then head back to Sleepy Hollow Cemetary, the setting for spooky stories and the final resting place for many of the town's famous authors.
Concord Public School and Carlisle Regional District serve the town of Concord.
Concord Carlisle High School, Grades 9-12
Concord Academy, Grades 9-12
Middlesex School, Grades 9-12
Nashoba Brooks School, preschool to Grade 3 for all genders, Grades 4-8 for students identifying as girls