Minuteman National Park - Old 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.
In 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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  • We parked in the Minute Man Parking lot and walked across the street to the bridge. My biggest complaint is about all the ice that was under the snow. It’s not much anyone can do until it melts...  more »
  • Beautiful area and full of history great place to go for a walk and to pick up some facts you may not have known, very important place that began the American revolution  more »
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  • North Bridge is one of my favorite places to go walking, especially with the dogs. Heads up, you do have to take your waste with you as they don't have trash cans out. However, they do have public restrooms. North Bridge is full of history, nature, and sometimes lots of tourists. Regardless of the crowds, I still enjoy going for walks, especially during the summer and fall months. It's also very close to Concord center, in case you want to visit the shops and restaurants afterwards.
  • Solemn, simple spot. Worth the time to get to it and walk around. Read the plaques!

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