The next stop after Walden Pond was the North Bridge, also known as the Old North Bridge. The bridge spans the Concord River and is famous for its role in the American Revolutionary war. Actually this location was part of the first day of battle. Here 400 colonists clashed with British regulars, numbering around 90-95 soldiers. The North Bridge is part of the Minute Man National Historical Park.
The bridge that currently stands is not the original one. It is a replica that was erected in 1956 and was designed according to drawings of the original bridge that was constructed in the 1760s. In 2005, the bridge was restored.
In addition to the bridge, at this site you can see the Grave of British soldiers. Two are buried here.
The 1836 Monument is right next to the bridge. However, it wasn’t dedicated until 1837 on July 4th. The “Concord Hymn” by Ralph Waldo Emerson was sung at the ceremony.
The Minute Man Statue can also be found here. This work is by Daniel Chester French. Another of his famous works is the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. A side note for fans of the Alcott family, due to the encouragement of May Alcott, the sister or Louisa May Alcott (the author of Little Women), French decided to become a sculpture.
The surrounding area:
Up next: Old Manse