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North Bridge, Concord

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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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  • I can feel the history every time I walk over this bridge. As this is part of the Minute Man Historical Park, you often find tourists and history buffs enjoying this spot, but it is also a very popula...  more »
  • The North Bridge is a must see attraction if you are in the Concord area. It is a short drive from the downtown area, close enough to walk. The area is beautiful and the walkway to the bridge has stat...  more »
  • I always love visiting the North Bridge; it's unspoiled, so easy to imagine what happened here. For a real treat, rent a canoe and arrive on the water!  more »
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  • 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!