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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Field Trip to Historic Concord

The Boy and I took a ride today to Concord. We didn't really need anything there, we just needed to go for a walk and visit someplace outside our fair city. Someplace pretty and not too far away. Someplace we haven't been in a while. Someplace historic and rural and different than our usual suburban travels.

Battlefield and the Sudbury River

Concord, for those who aren't American and don't know much about American history, is the birthplace of the American Revolution. It's where Paul Revere rode his horse to, shouting "The British are coming, the British are coming." It's where Paul Revere was also caught. It has the battlefield where the first victory in the American Revolution was fought at the Old North Bridge. Concord is right next to Lexington, which is the site of the battlefields where the first shots of the Revolution were fired.

The North Bridge, where the battle begun. This is the location of "the shot heard round the world".

Concord is also the town that housed such American literary luminaries as Nathanial Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Margaret Sidney, and Louisa May Alcott. Evidentally it was recommended to have three names in order to reside in Concord.

We drove around, stopped at various sites and walked the battlefield until the Boy slipped on the ice and hurt his butt, thus complaining of both being cold AND having a sore tush. Poor child.

This is a lovely house decorated in typical New England fashion for Christmas. Isn't it pretty?


This house just spoke to me. I love teeny little houses that look like dolls might live there. This is just the kind of house I'd love to have, intimate but friendly and welcoming. And the pink... you just have to love the pink!


Do you recognize this brown house? You've probably seen it in a movie. It's Louisa May Alcott's house, and it was in the movie Little Women, or as the Girl called it when she was small, Little Ladies.
Orchard House

This is the The Wayside, home of many literary superstars. The Wayside was the home of Samuel Whitney, muster master of the Concord Minute Men. During the literary renaissance of the 19th century, it was home to three families of authors. The young Louisa May Alcott wrote her first published work here. Extensive renovations to the house were made by Nathaniel Hawthorne, including the vaulted tower study. Harriett Lothrop, using the pen name “Margaret Sidney” wrote the “Five Little Peppers” stories at this “Home of Authors."

The Wayside

In the summer, Concord is filled with tourists from all over the world. But in the winter it's a nice quiet place to take a walk and to look at beautiful American architecture from the Colonial period. Hard to believe this is only a few miles outside of Boston!

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6 Comments:

Blogger Rhea said...

I love going out to Concord once in a while. Another nearby place to see great colonial architecture is Charlestown. Of course, it is busier and not quaint like Concord.

30/12/07 8:32 PM  
Blogger Life As I Know It said...

We just moved about 5 miles or so west of concord...guess we need to check it out! Maybe when the weather gets a little warmer.
We were in Lexington last weekend at the decordova- one of our favorites.

30/12/07 8:47 PM  
Blogger Amy U. said...

Whenever I hear the word "Concord" I think of Monty Python's Search for the Holy Grail and King Arthur pretending to have a horse named Concord.

Happy New Year!

Assertagirl

30/12/07 10:42 PM  
Blogger Shash said...

I love how you are taking us with you on your "field trips". Concord is a place we haven't been to yet as a family, but we definitely plan to. We've walked the Freedom Trail and had a blast doing that.

Thanks for sharing!

31/12/07 12:20 AM  
Blogger Daisy said...

Oh, Little Women was my favorite book when I was young! I wanted to be Jo when I grew up. Now I'm grown up, and I guess there's a lot of Jo March in me, even if she was somewhat fictional.

31/12/07 12:45 PM  
Blogger MizMouthy said...

I lived in Concord from birth to age 11. I desperately wanted to be Louisa May Alcott/Jo when I grew up.

Summer is the best time to visit The Old North Bridge and Sleepy Hollow Cemetary. Fun and educational.

2/1/08 3:26 PM  

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