Named in 1635, Concord is an old historic town in the western suburbs of Boston. It is 18 miles north of Boston and 34 miles northeast of Worcester. Located at the junction of the Concord/Sudbury/Assabet Rivers, Concord was settled by the English, although it is now rich in cultural diversity.
Concord has a significant literary history, having been the home of Louisa May Alcott, Bronson Alcott, Emerson, Hawthorne and Thoreau. The nearly 17,000 Concord residents are concerned about the pressures on the town from its significant tourist industry and active suburban development.
Concord still retains many well-preserved colonial houses, several on or near the Concord green and witnesses to the famous Battle of Concord, which ushered in the Revolutionary War. Through the years, the people of Concord have carefully preserved the historic and literary aspects of the town and, in addition, have maintained a commitment to the conservation of generous amounts of open space and wilderness areas.
Private and public endeavors have preserved the homes of the Concord authors while Minute Man National Historical Park manages the North Bridge battleground area. Proud of its rich cultural heritage, the Concord of today continues to foster the arts, having a chorus, orchestra, band, a theatre group, two art centers and museums, historic houses and a theatre for the performing arts.