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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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  • It is a short walk from the parking lot, across the bridge and up to the visitor center. During Summer they have fantastic park rangers that will discuss the battle and the location. Along with Lexing...  more »
  • The bride is amazing and so are the grounds and visitor center. This is a free attraction with ample parking. The memorial to the American and British Soldiers is truly amazing. This is a must see to ...  more »
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  • A very typical visitor center, the typical small gift shop, small room with some historical items, and a room that runs a video talking about the history of the location. Only thing that really stood out to me were the gorgeous gardens behind the visitor center. They are perfectly maintained and have all kinds of trees, flowers, and shrubs. For sure worth checking out. This is a great visitor center for all ages! I think adults would for sure enjoy the gift shop and garden while kids can enjoy the history video and look at the amazing history section as well.
  • Staff was knowledgeable, as always at national parks. Lovely displayed items and great selection for sale as well. 8 minute movie.

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