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Andres Institute of Art

The trails leading to and from Potanipo Hill in Brookline are dotted with peculiar sculptures and exhibits, sourced from Bangladesh, Egypt and all the way to Lithuania and Greece. This innovative sculpture park was the brainchild of Paul Andres and sculptor John Weidman, and was founded in 1996. The placing of the unique sculptures in a natural habitat lend changing perspectives and backdrops with the turn of seasons. Some sculptures are changed periodically and are replaced by newer exhibits, whereas sometimes artists from over the world are invited to create permanent sculptures. Guided tours of the sculpture garden are available as well.

Old Hill Burying Ground

This burial ground was among the first few things planned when the town of Concord was established in the early 17th-century. It lies on the north western end of the long gravel ridge. It has around 500 headstones, the earliest dating to 1677 while the latest one marks the year 1854 on it. This place is based on a hillside overlooking the town center.

Old North Bridge

This bridge built over the Concord River holds an important spot in the American history. This wooden structure is the place where the American War of Independence began. Hence, it is also referred as the location of the “shot heard round the world”. This makes it a popular tourist destination which must be visited in the town.

Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Established in the year 1855, the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is a vast expanse of well kept grounds which have been used as a burial spot for several important personalities who once resided in the historic city. Several famous authors have been buried here, a reason that attracts art and literary enthusiasts to this pristine place during their travel here. Moreover, this Cemetery has some impressive pieces of sculptures used as headstones for some of the graves making it a popular attraction among general tourists as well. It is a must-visit site for art and book lovers in Concord.

Moore State Park

The Moore State Park is 400-acres (about 162-hectares) of dedicated outdoor and open space. The park is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The gorgeous landscape at Moore State Park includes several historic sites, like remnants of former saw and gristmills, and is also home to some of the most beautiful azaleas and mountain laurel in Massachusetts. Bask in the natural beauty and indulge in recreational activities like canoeing, fishing, hiking and cross-country skiing for a memorable time.

The Old Manse

Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote his book of short stories "Mosses from an Old Manse" while living in this house from 1843 to 1846. The Grounds, open year-round for self guided tours, have been maintained as in the time of Hawthorne's stay, including a vegetable garden gifted by Henry Thoreau in 1842. Guided house tours offer a glimpse of Hawthorne's writing desk and other historical furnishings.

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