History & Culture

Minute Man Statue
Minute Man Statue

The decade-long political feud between the British government and the American colonists, determined to retain their rights as British subjects, came to a devastating climax as British regulars clashed with colonial militia and minute men on April 19, 1775 at Lexington, Concord's North Bridge and on the long, bloody road back to Boston. The fighting that began that day soon grew into a war for independence that lasted more than eight years. Many years later, Ralph Waldo Emerson used the phrase "the shot heard round the world" to describe the significance of this event.


Follow these links for information about the openning battle of the American Revolution (April 19, 1775) that answer some of our most frequently asked questions.

Who Were the Minute Men?

Concord and The North Bridge

Hartwell Tavern

Patriots of Color

The Wayside - c 2004
The Wayside: Home of Authors

The Wayside: Home of Authors

The Wayside has been home to three literary families: the Alcotts, Hawthornes, and the Lothrops. The first literary site added to the National Park Service, The Wayside is the only National Historic Landmark to have been lived in by three literary families. Their home and works span more than three centuries:


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Mailing Address:

North Bridge Visitor Center / Park Head Quarters
174 Liberty St.

Concord, MA 01742


(978) 369-6993
Main number. North Bridge Visitor Center Front Desk, located in Concord, MA. 978-318-7810 Minute Man Visitor Center Main Number, located in Lexington, MA 781-674-1920

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