The town of Concord is known as the first settlement in the state of Massachusetts, having been formally incorporated as a town in 1635. Historically rooted, the town is known in history books as the site of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, a precursor to the American Revolutionary War. The town is also known for its literary history, as several well known authors such as Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne and Alcott have called the town of Concord home. Another fun trivia fact about this town is that it is the birthplace of the Concord grape. Additionally, Welch's is located here in Concord. Concord is also the first community of its kind to ban the use of plastic bottles of a liter or less, with the law going into effect on New Year's Day 2013.
Concord's student population is served by the schools of the Concord Public Schools district, with students zoned to Thoreau, Willard and Alcott elementary schools, Concord Middle School, and Concord Carlisle Regional High School. Four private schools also serve the educational interests of students in Concord as well: The Fenn School, The Nashoba Brooks School, Middlesex School and Concord Academy.
Concord and the neighboring community of Carlisle share quite a few amenities as well as the vision to preserve the local land. For instance, the Walden Woods Project in Concord helps protect beautiful Walden Pond, the famous retreat of author Henry David Thoreau and the Thoreau Institute, which is located in Walden Woods near the Pond. Recreational getaways in Concord, such as Great Meadow, Minuteman National Park and Estabrook Woods, are also shared with Carlisle residents. For culture and the arts, the Concord Museum is a center of learning and cultural enjoyment and the Concord Orchestra and Concord Youth Theatre provide quality cultural entertainment.
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