Freedom's Way National Heritage Area
Visitors travel to Concord, MA from all over the world to see the North Bridge, site of the "Shot heard round the world." © 2013 Todisco.
Thoreau, as portrayed by historic re-enactor Richard Smith, pauses briefly during a family-friendly walk at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary in Princeton, MA as part of the In Thoreau's Footsteps program.
Against the backdrop of the Hartwell Tavern, British Regulars portrayed by dedicated re-enactors take part in Minute Man NHP's Patriot's Day celebration. Photo courtesy of Minute Man NHP.
The Royall House and Slave Quarters, a Medford estate built by wealthy Isaac Royall, is a museum that tells the story of enslavement in New England. © 2013 Todisco.
Stone monument in Medford MA marks the grave of New Hampshire soldiers that fell at the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1849. Photo courtesy of Medford Historical Society.
The Fruitland's viewshed from Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, MA looking toward Wachusett Mountain. © 2013 Todisco.
Often referred to as the Old Burial Ground, this Ashby cemetery was established on the Common in 1767 at the time of the incorporation of the town. Slate headstones show distinctive 18th century motifs, but the cemetery also includes later marble and granite markers. © 2013 Todisco.
The Nashua Manufacturing Company, now Clock Tower Place as depicted in this artist's rendering, developed the first large-scale textile mill in New Hampshire. Situated along the Nashua River in Nashua, New Hampshire the building provides apartments close to downtown restaurants and shops. © 2013 Todisco.
The Federal Style Abbot-Spalding House has been home to a succession of prominent Nashua citizens, including Daniel Abbot who is the father of Nashua, George Perham and William Spalding. The house was a common meeting ground for the famous and influential of New Hampshire. © 2013 Todisco.
Phase One , 6.8 miles of the 25-mile Bruce Freeman Trail, is open to non-motorized uses such as cycling, jogging, walking and skiing. © 2013 Todisco.
The Battle Road, site of Revolutionary War battles between British Regulars and Minute Men seems a distant memory, on a beautiful day in early Fall. © 2013 Todisco.
This farmhouse, site of an experiment in communal living led by Alcott and Lane in 1843, is part of the rich history to be discovered when visiting Fruitlands Museum, located in Harvard, MA. © 2013 Todisco.
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2015 Annual Meeting
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Along Our Trails: Westford – August 30

Visit this 18th-Century farm and join the 4th-generation owner on optional tours of the property. Click here to learn more»
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Old Towns in a New Nation – September 15

Join Mary Fuhrer in Westford as she discusses the stories of conflict and transformation that shaped local communities leading up to the Civil War. Click here to learn more.»

Walden to Wachusett Weekend
Celebrating Thoreau – September 12 & 13
Explore the area Thoreau so loved with these family-focused activities in the Concord area, at Walden Pond and on Mount Wachusett in Princeton. Click here to learn more»

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Uncovering History: Roland Robbins –
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The Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area connects the people, places and communities through preservation, conservation and educational initiatives to protect and promote the region's shared resources. The Freedom's Way Heritage Association works in partnership with the National Park Service to support the heritage area and encourage residents and visitors to explore its landscape, history and culture.
National Park ServiceFreedom's Way National Heritage Area is a member of ANHA, the Alliance of National Heritage Areas and is one of 49 Heritage Areas affiliated with the National Park Service. Learn more about National Heritage Areas.