Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Concord, Massachusetts. This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Concord.
Number of Households: 6,493
ZIP Code: 01742
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Even though the town is in the greater Boston area, its crime rate is incredibly low. The crime index is much lower than the American national average, and there is almost zero violent crime on a yearly basis according to the FBI crime database.
Concord is a town in the greater Boston area 40 minutes from the city center with a rich American history. Originally named Musketaquid, meaning grassy plains, this area has ties back to the Algonquian Native Americans who were settled there. This town has a prime location for farming at the merging point of two rivers which made the land arable and the rivers flowing full of fish. English settlers in 1635 purchased land from the Native Americans in a trade for knives, cloth, and other items. The name “Concord” comes from this peaceful trading transition.
A century later, a not so peaceful act took place with its birth in Concord: the American Revolutionary War. In April of 1775, British forces marched from Boston to Concord to confiscate weapons in the colonial town. The citizens of Concord were alerted by church bells of the approaching forces via Samuel Prescott and Paul Revere and the Minutemen quickly assembled to march toward the oncoming red coats. Once the British were sighted in Concord, the colonists retreated to a neighboring area.
The English entered Concord, destroyed the intended weaponry, and were then met with the colonial army on the North Bridge. Several shots (the infamous “Shot Heard Round the World”) were heard and two colonial soldiers were killed. The firing continued until the English retreated to wait for reinforcements. The colonial militiamen watched the British leave town, but the locals began to open fire at the English forces from behind trees. The English responded by shooting anyone suspected of being a sniper and promptly burning their house down.
Aside from Concord’s fame as the location of the first active fire and bloodshed in the Revolutionary War, it also is steeped with literary history. Home to the hugely influential Transcendentalist movement and its writers, Ralph Waldo Emerson, who moved to the town in 1835 and grew to be one of the most noticeable citizens in the area. Emerson’s father and grandfather have ties to the area as a minister and chaplain, as well.
In addition to Emerson at the core of the Transcendentalist philosophers was Henry David Thoreau, who also lived in Concord. The concentration of literary influence in the town was deserving of the title “the biggest little place in America” by Henry James. Here, in Concord, the first American literary community was born which defined the modern beliefs of environmentalism, conservation, and the importance of self-reliance and individual independence.
Thoreau’s most famous piece of writing, “Walden” was written while he was living in a cabin in the woods on Walden Pond in Concord. Later in life, another extremely influential piece of American literature, “Civil Disobedience”, was written while Thoreau was incarcerated in the town jail for refusing to pay his taxes as an act of protest against the Mexican-American war. Due to their staunch political convictions, Thoreau, along with others in the town, were station masters on the Underground Railroad.
Due to its extremely densely packed history, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of historic places to visit while in Concord. Of course it’s worth visiting the Old North Bridge where the first shots were fired to spark the Revolutionary War. There’s a Minuteman National Historical Park dedicated to the site of the birth of the war.
The many literary minds have left such a mark on the town that there are several buildings still maintained in their memory. The Ralph Waldo Emerson House operates today as a museum with the original furnishings from his time living there.
The Old Manse house has ties to the Emerson family, Nathaniel Hawthorne, who lived there with his wife, and Thoreau, who built a garden for the couple. The manse now has seasonal tours with a recreated garden. The Wheeler-Minot Farmhouse/Thoreau Farm still stands and is the birthplace of Henry David Thoreau. The 20-acre farm and house are open to the public as a museum and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Lastly is the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery which houses some of America’s great literary minds and famous Concordians. Buried here are Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of “The Scarlet Letter”, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ephraim Wales Bull, creator of the Concord grape, and Henry David Thoreau among others influence in the town.
There are several beautiful lakes and forests in the area to check out as well: Fairyland Pond and Walden Pond, which both inspired multiple well known pieces of literature and the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
Concord has a history of being home to some of America’s lasting influences such as Thoreau, Hawthorne, and Emerson. The Concord grape was developed by Ephraim Bull in, of course, Concord. The world’s first grape juice company, Welch’s, still maintains its headquarters in Concord.
Comedian, actor, producer Steve Carell was born and raised in Concord as well.