Historic homes in Concord: Living museums to visit

Minute Man National Historical Park has one of the largest collection of historical homes in the National Park system.Concord house museums are living history centers that teach through the collection, preservation, and dynamic interpretation of history and culture. Here’s your guide to exploring Concord’s national heritage sites. Distances noted are from Concord Visitor Center, 58 Main St., Concord.

Orchard House

Immortalized by Louisa May Alcott in the classic Little Women. 978.369.4118, 399 Lexington Road, Concord Louisamayalcott.org Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April-October; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. November-March

0.9 miles 19 minute walk

The Old Manse

Notable for literary associations with Emerson and Hawthorne. 978.369.3909, 269 Monument St, Concord Thetrustees.org/place/the-old-manse/ Open Wednesday-Monday (Closed Tuesdays). 11 a,m-5 p.m.

0.7 miles 16 minute walk

The Emerson House

Tour home of philosopher, essayist, and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. 978-369-2236, 28 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord www.ralphwaldoemersonhouse.org Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

0.5 miles 11 minute walk

Robbins House

Home of slavery survivor and Revolutionary War veteran Caesar Robbins. 978.254.1745, 320 Monument Street, Concord Robbinshouse.org June, July & August: 11-4 (Closed Tuesdays) September, October: 11-4 (Open Fri-Sun + Columbus Day)

0.8 miles 19 minute walk

The Wayside

Home of authors Alcott, Hawthorne, and Sidney. (978) 318-7862, 455 Lexington Rd, Concord Nps.gov/places/the-wayside-home-of-authors-circa-1700 Open Wednesdays 1-4 p.m, Sept. 6-Oct. 25.

1 miles 22 minute walk

Colonel James Barrett House

The Colonel James Barrett House was searched by British soldiers on April 19, 1775. 448 Barrett’s Mill Road, Concord nps.gov/places/colonel-james-barrett-house-1705 Open for special events.

2.1 miles 5 minute drive

Major John Buttrick House

Major John Buttrick led the Minute Men from this house down to the bridge held by the British forces. 231 Liberty St, Concord www.nps.gov/places/major-john-buttrick-house-1717 Not open to the public.

1.1 miles 24 minute walk

Hartwell Tavern

Restored 18th century home and tavern. nps.gov/mima/hartwell-tavern Hartwell Tavern, Virginia Rd, Lincoln 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday- Sunday until October 29.

3.2 miles 7 minute drive

Thoreau Farm

Henry David Thoreau’s birthplace. (978) 451-0300, 341 Virginia Rd, Concord Thoreaufarm.org Open May-October, 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

2.7 miles 6 minute drive

House Museums in Lincoln & Lexington

Job Brooks House, Concord *

Nathan Meriam House, Concord *

Buckman Tavern, Lexington

Hancock-Clarke House, Lexington

Munroe Tavern, Lexington

Jacob Whittemore House, Lexington *

Codman Estate, Lincoln

Captain William Smith House, Lincoln *

Jason Russell House, Arlington *

* Exterior viewing only.

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