The bridge is the site where Concord’s Minute Men and militias from nearby towns fought and routed a detachment of English infantry at about 9:30 a.m. on April 19, 1775.
This was the first time Colonial militias were ordered to fire on King George’s troops, an act that signaled the beginning of the war for American independence.
Besides the bridge itself (a 20th-Century reconstruction), other important landmarks at the site are:
• The obelisk erected in 1837 to memorialize the men who fought at the bridge
• The Minuteman statue by Daniel Chester French, dedicated at the centennial of the battle in 1875
• The grave of two British soldiers who were killed in the fight in 1775.