The History of Concord and Historic Places You Should Visit

Concord is a great place to make a home and has been for centuries. With a rich history and many interesting historical locations to visit, we are proud to be a part of the community here in Concord. Have you ever wanted to learn more about what makes this area of NH so great? From the very first indigenous settlers to the prominent 18th-century homes, we’ve got you covered.

A Brief History of Concord, NH

The first settlers to the area were the Abenaki Native Americans, who called their greater Concord area Pennacook or “bottom of a hill.” The city has had a few different names throughout history and was switched to Rumford in 1733 when it was first incorporated as a township, then finally Concord in 1765. In the 1790s, a community of Shakers was formed outside of the city in Canterbury. Today, the Canterbury Shaker Village offers a unique insight into the Shaker life and the early days of living in the greater Concord area.

After Samuel Blodget opened a canal and lock system in 1807, vessels were able to pass around the Amoskeag Falls down into Boston, creating a great trade hub. During the Revolution, the township became an important geographical location and logical choice for the state capitol. Noted for granite quarrying and furniture-making, the city later became an important focus for the expanding railroad industry in the 19th-century.

Later in the 19th-century, the city became very well-known for carriage making boasting fantastic designs called the “Concord coaches.” Many of these world famous coaches were modeled after the coronation coach of King George III and were seen to be the height of fashion. Some great examples of the fashionable Concord coaches can now be found in the Museum of New Hampshire History, for those who are interested in looking at their intricate designs.

Other Historical Sites You Don’t Want to Miss

New Hampshire State House

In 1808, Concord was officially chosen to become the state capitol and later, construction of the New Hampshire state house was completed in 1819. Designed by famed architect Stuart Park, the house was built from granite that was mined locally and originally featured 2 glorious stories. Later, the house was expanded and a dome was added in 1866. A third expansion was completed in 1910, featuring an additional story and West wing.

Norris Bakery

The original Norris Bakery Building located at 16-18 S. Main St was first used in the 1860s. Believed to be among the largest bakeries in the state, the Norris Bakery was used to deliver bread to nearby military camps by horse and wagon. The bakery closed down in the 1920 but was remodeled as a movie theater in the 30’s, remaining in use until 1994.

The Pierce Manse

Known as the Pierce Brigade, this non-profit volunteer organization moved, restored and currently maintains the former home of the 14th President of the United States, Franklin Pierce. With a mission to preserve and honor his legacy, the Brigade allows public access to the Manse from mid-June until Columbus Day weekend each year.

New Hampshire State Library

It’s believed that the beginnings of the New Hampshire State Library started in 1717. Generally considered to be the oldest institution of its kind in the country, the present library building was built in 1895 of native granite. This complex and brilliant building is ideal for spending a day exploring or simply finding a great book!

Discover More About What Makes Concord a Great Place to Call Home

At Havenwood Heritage Heights, we are proud to call the great city of Concord home. With such a rich history and so many natural wonders to explore, we are sure you or your loved ones would enjoy life in New Hampshire. Interested in learning more about the area and life at our continuing care retirement community? Visit our friendly team online today for more information and contact us to schedule a tour.