Old North Bridge

Concord’s Old North Bridge is the site of “the shot heard ‘round the world.” Operating as part of the Minuteman National Historical Park, this beautifully restored 19th-century landscape played a significant impact in American history and independence. You’ll also find the famous Minuteman Statue, sculpted by Daniel Chester French, to commemorate the colonial men who risked their lives for the freedom of America during the Battles of Lexington and Concord.

The Old Bridge’s Role in the Battle of Lexington and Concord

The Old North Bridge in Concord, MA was an important part of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. On April 18, 1775, General Thomas Gage sent 700 British soldiers to Concord to destroy the Colonial Militia’s weapons and resources. He ordered Lt. Colonel Smith and 220 British soldiers to take over the South Bridge and North Bridge of Concord to search for supplies and artillery.

On the morning of April 19, 1775, Concord Militiamen and Minutemen marched towards Old North Bridge where these British soldiers were located. Shots were fired, however, the British soldiers eventually retreated back to Boston since they were outnumbered by the oncoming militia. This marked the beginning of the American Revolutionary War, where colonists finally gained freedom from British rule.

The Old North Bridge Visitor Center

Explore the Old North Bridge Visitor Center at 174 Liberty Street, Concord, located about 500 yards from the North Bridge Battle Site. This brick mansion, built in 1911 features exhibits about the Battles of Lexington and Concord, short films, park information, and a park store. While the center is closed in the winter, it re-opens every May.


174 Liberty Street,
Concord, MA 01742

174 Liberty Street, Concord, MA, USA