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North Bridge, Concord

Categories: Bridges, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web
The North Bridge, often colloquially called the Old North Bridge, is a historical site in the Battle of Concord, the first day of battle in the American War of Independence. The current wooden pedestrian bridge is a replica of the one that stood at the day of the battle. It and nearby sites are now part of the Minute Man National Historical Park of the National Park Service, an extremely popular tourist destination.The current bridge is located in its original location off Monument Street in Concord, Massachusetts. It spans the Concord River 0.5 miles northeast from the start of the river at the confluence of the Assabet River and the Sudbury River at Egg Rock.BattleIn 1775, five companies of Minutemen and five of non-Minuteman militia occupied a hill near the bridge with groups of other men streaming in, totaling about 400 against the British light infantry companies from the 4th, 10th, and 43rd Regiments of Foot under Captain Walter Laurie, a force totaling about 90-95 men. The British retreated across the river and the two sides faced each other across the North Bridge.A brief exchange of fire ensued which saw the first instance of Americans firing to deadly effect on British regulars, after which the British retreated. Ralph Waldo Emerson, positing that world history pivoted at that moment (an assertion that is disputed, as earlier events at Lexington Battle Green could be termed the true opening of the battle), called the first shot of this skirmish the "shot heard round the world" in his 1837 poem "Concord Hymn".
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  • A short walk from the park's visitor center packed with a lot of history. We hit it on a beautiful fall day -- tree leaves were turning yellow and red. 
  • Go early in the morning - there was hardly anyone there when we went before 10 am. The morning fog and the early autumn colors really set a contemplative mood. It's interesting to stand where such his...  read more »
  • We live about 10 miles from the Old North Bridge, and we visit often, especially when we have visitors. It's a beautiful spot and the visitor center is excellent. When our kids were young, they loved ...  read more »
  • Husband and I went here for the first two days of our honeymoon, it was a great little spot to go. Breakfasts are GREAT, definitely take the host up on the offer for the hot breakfast option, first day there we had delicious scrambled eggs, perfectly toasted english muffin and bacon, second day there was really good french toast. The homemade granola isn't half bad either. Rooms are very spacious and well-kept, and the corgi Posey is a nice little extra for anyone traveling without (and missing) their own pets. It was also close to everything we wanted to do in Concord. Great place to stay.
  • Wonderful stay! Kind and helpful innkeepers. Great homemade breakfasts with light and friendly conversation. Highly recommended for any occasion!
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