Self-Guided Tours

The Concord Museum has developed a series of fun FREE self-guided tours about the fascinating history of Concord. Please just download one of the PDF’s or drop by the Museum to pick-up a copy and to ask questions.

Concord’s N. C. Wyeth Trail

N.C. Wyeth Trail Cover

Concord’s N. C. Wyeth Trail, a Trail Guide created by the Concord Museum, provides a gateway for exploring Concord’s historic sites and resources related to the exhibition, Download a printable version of Concord’s N. C. Wyeth Trail (PDF).

Concord’s April 19, 1775 Trail

April 19 1775 Trail

Concord’s April 19, 1775 Trail, created by the Concord Museum, provides a gateway for exploring the many historic sites and resources related to the American Revolution.

On April 19th, Concord’s patriots were ready. Years of protest, months of stockpiling, weeks of false alarms—all were about to end dramatically. Visit the sites in Concord to learn more about the 18th-century town and its residents. Download a printable version of Concord’s April 19, 1775 Trail (PDF).

Concord’s Daniel Chester French Trail

Daniel Chester Trail

Concord’s Daniel Chester French Trail, created by the Concord Museum, provides a helpful gateway for exploring the various historic sites and resources in Concord related to the renowned sculptor.

French’s major works remain on exhibition in public places in twenty-one states. Visit the sites in Concord to learn more about the artist and the town where he lived and worked. Download a printable version of Concord’s Daniel Chester French Trail (PDF).

Concord’s Thoreau Trail

Thoreau's Trail

Concord’s Thoreau Trail, created by the Concord Museum, is a guide that provides a helpful gateway for exploring the various Thoreau-related sites and resources in Concord. Some of the sites include the Concord Museum, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, The Thoreau Society, The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods, Thoreau Farm, Brister’s Hill, the Concord Free Public Library, and Walden Pond. Concord’s Thoreau Trail is a walking and observational tour that encourages you to learn more about the natural environment that Thoreau studied, as well as the rich history associated with the places where he lived and worked. Download a printable version of Concord’s Thoreau Trail (PDF).

Visit one or all of the sites to learn about Thoreau’s plant observations, enjoy the natural environment of Concord, or take a guided tour of an historic Thoreau site. The phone application will direct you to the resources that you need to make your own plant observations or to learn more about Thoreau’s historical past. “Be Thoreau” as you explore the Concord landscape.

Sample Itineraries

  • Begin your Concord visit at the Concord Museum, home of Paul Revere’s famous lantern, the treasures of Thoreau and Emerson, and a remarkable collection of Concord antiques. Don’t miss the award-winning film “Exploring Concord.”
  • Visit Orchard House, the home of Little Women author Louisa May Alcott, as well as those of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
  • Enjoy lunch in Concord center, where you’ll find a variety of dining options including the historic Concord’s Colonial Inn, a favorite among visitors. Take time to browse the many boutiques lining Main Street for one-of-a-kind gifts and souvenirs.
  • Take time to enjoy the natural landscape and historic headstones of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery—burial place of the Concord authors.
  • Visit the North Bridge where “the shot heard ’round the world” was fired during the Battle of Concord. Enjoy views of the Concord River and see the famous Minute Man Statue created by Daniel Chester French, designer of the statue of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
  • Stop by the Old Manse, the center of Concord’s political, literary, and social revolutions.
  • Finally, take a walk (or a swim) around Walden Pond, inspiration for Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden.” See a replica of Thoreau’s cabin and stop into the Thoreau Society’s shop for unique books and gifts.