Concord, Massachusetts | Patriots Day

Patriots Day, an official state holiday in Massachusetts, commenorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord, which took place on April 19, 1775. It was the first military engagement of the Revolutionary War. The holiday is better known, however, as being the day of the Boston Marathon. While I love Marathon Monday, my priority is to spend some time where the battles were fought.

I only had a couple free hours on the day I was able to get to Concord, so my visit was a bit abbreviated. But any time spent in Concord is worth it, especially when it includes a meal at the old Colonial Inn!

After a leisurely lunch at Colonial Inn, I didn't have much time. So, I did a quick sightseeing tour of the beautiful homes in Concord, including some belonging to Concord's most famous.

Lovely cottage-style home by the old cemetery

Such a New England scene, stone wall and all

Old New England home and church

Concord Museum

The Orchard House, home of Louisa May Alcott

Home of Ralph Waldo Emerson

After a quick architecture stroll in downtown Concord, I spent the remainder of my time at Minute Man National Historical Park's Battle Road, where the Battles of Lexington and Concord took place.

Hartwell Tavern on Battle Road

At Hartwell Tavern

Sign at Hartwell Tavern

Side of Hartwell Tavern

The Captain William Smith House on Battle Road. Built in 1692.

Later, in the summer, I will return to Battle Road to share a more in-depth exploration, but for now I was just happy to spend any time in Concord and on the road where the first shots were fired 241 years ago, in a war that would form our independent country.

Blouse: Anthropologie | Leggings: Anthropologie | Boots: Cole Haan

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