Concord’s Colonial Inn

When life used to be normal, my family LOVED having Sunday brunch at the Colonial Inn in Concord, Mass.

For now, we just walk past and dream of stuffed omelets and fat, fluffy waffles. Anyhow, on to the story behind this iconic inn in the heart of Concord center:

Built in 1716, one of the Inn’s original buildings was used to store weapons and provisions during the Revolutionary War. When the British attempted to steal and destroy the weapons, the Minutemen met them at the North Bridge and launched the first battle of the American Revolution.

At the time, the eastern portion of the Colonial Inn building was the home of Dr. Timothy Minot Jr., so wounded soldiers from the North Bridge battle were brought here for care.

Revolutionary War veteran, John White, later owned a store in the portion of the building used for storage.

The third, western portion of the Inn was built between 1812 and 1820, and the three sections appear to have had different owners throughout the years until Daniel Shattuck succeeded in gaining the title to all three in 1839.

In the mid 1800s, it served as a boarding house and small hotel. Henry David Thoreau stayed here from 1835-1837 while he attended Harvard, and the building was known as “Thoreau House” after his aunts, the “Thoreau Girls.”

In 1889, the Inn as it is known today began operating, with its name being changed to Concord’s Colonial Inn in 1900.

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