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The Wright Tavern

The Wright Tavern is possibly the most important building in Concord Massachusetts to the American Revolution. 

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Constructed in 1747, no other historic building in Concord was more important to the American Revolution than the Wright Tavern. The two separate events that took place here in 1774 and 1775  played massive roles in the war.

On Oct. 11, 1774, on the eve of the revolution, key committees of the provincial congress met at Wright Tavern. The full assembly of Congress also met next door at the town meeting house.

On April 19, 1775, one of the first battles of the American Revolution took place in Concord. After Paul Revere, William Dawes, and Samuel Prescott warned the countryside of the approaching British army, the local militia took up arms at Wright’s Tavern.

On the historic morning of April 19th, the town’s courthouse bell signaled the approach of British troops. Concord’s Minutemen assembled at Wright’s Tavern and it was used as a headquarters. It was later a headquarters for the British.

Today, Wright Tavern is owned by the First Parish Unitarian Church in Concord and managed by its Trustees.

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Near the Concord Monument on Lexington Road.

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