Concord has a long history dating back to its incorporation in 1635, only 15 years after the pilgrims first landed at Plymouth. With a population today of over 17,500 residents, Concord is still well known for its history and residents may enjoy visiting famous battlegrounds from the Revolutionary War, or the houses of writers such as Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond or Louisa May Alcott at the Endicott house. Concord is also where concord grapes, which are most commonly used for grape jelly, were first crossbred, and remains home to Welch’s headquarters. Concord has two town centers, Concord Center and West Concord Center.
Just under 26 square miles, Concord is located at the joining of the Sudbury and Assabet rivers, where they join to form the Concord River. Located 19 miles west of Boston, Concord is highly accessible with many major routes passing through the town including Route 2, Route 2A, Route 62, Route 126, Route 119, Route 111, and Route 117. Concord also boasts two MBTA stops on the commuter rail line to Fitchburg. Concord borders on the towns of Carlisle, Bedford, Lincoln, Sudbury, Maynard, and Acton.