On your way out of Concord Center toward Route 2 the road forks and in the center is the beautiful ivy covered brick colonial that houses the Concord Museum. The Concord Museum is home to the finest collection of Henry David Thoreau’s writings and artifacts. It also includes Emerson’s works along with numerous Revolutionary War period pieces. It is a Museum that seeks to engage visitors with hands on exhibitions for adults and children, taking history out of the books or computer and creating a three dimensional experience that people can immediately relate to.
In 1839 Thoreau built a boat named, Musketaquid (Algonquian for Concord River) with his brother John and embarked on a trip he later recounted in A Week on the Concord and Merrimack River. In 2007 boat building specialists reconstructed Thoreau’s Dory and photographs of the process are on display at the Museum. To compliment this theme the Museum introduced a boat building weekend for families where it is possible to construct your own water worthy 18 foot canoe. Similarly, for young visitors the chance to create a toy sailboat using specifications from the 1864 edition of American Boy’s Book of Sports and Games is a memorable and lasting token of a visit to Concord, one that creates meaning beyond a traditional vacation souvenir. (Check our Calendar of Events for more details).