Cultural Landscape Report
North Bridge, Minute Man National Historical Park
A cultural landscape report for the North Bridge unit of Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, Massachusetts, one of the several component landscapes of the site of the first engagement of the American Revolution, was prepared in 2004. Through historical documentation, inventory of existing conditions, and analysis of the site's significance, the CLR uncovers many layers of history, allowing for a comprehensive look at the site's past, present, and future.
As the site of initial fighting between colonial militia and British troops on April 19, 1775, and popularized by Ralph Waldo Emerson's"Concord Hymn" as the site of the "shot heard around the world," the battlefield is associated with the dawn of the American Revolution. Beginning in the 1830s, the site also became an early tourist attraction and later the site of commemorative efforts.
Treatment recommendations associated with this project guided a 2004 construction effort and will provide direction for the long-term treatment of the cultural landscape. The recommendations call for the rehabilitation of historic fields, stone walls, and an eighteenth century road, as well as the rehabilitation of nineteenth and twentieth century commemorative features including the current North Bridge (constructed in 1956), an allee leading to the bridge, and the base of the Minute Man statue.