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Forewarned of their approach, the Minutemen gathered half a mile away at the North Bridge where the "Shot Heard 'Round the World" was fired, and the War for Independence began. The former storeroom now connects two adjacent historic homes, making a single inn. One was a residence built in 1716 for the Minot family. During the war, it was a hospital after Dr. Timothy Minot converted a first-floor bedroom (Room 24) into an operating room and used another downstairs (Room 27) as the morgue. To this day, Inn staff and guests claim Room 24, among others, is haunted. Minot sold the other house to his son-in- law. In 1799, it was bought by John Thoreau whose extended family occupied the home for four decades. John's grandson, Henry David, was a Harvard student when he lived upstairs from 1835-1837. One can only imagine what the Transcendentalist-environmentalist would think of the Thoreau Suite for honeymooners, with a king-sized bed and en suite with Jacuzzi. Most rooms in this section have original wide plank pine floors, wood beams, and antique and reproduction furniture. Listed on the National Regis - ter of Historic Places and a member of the Historic Hotels of America, Concord's Colonial Inn has a total of 56 guest rooms and suites. The Prescott Wing, a 32-room addition in 1960, is more modern. A separate Cottage has two, two-bedroom suites. Around the corner is Rebecca's Guest House with six one-, two- and three-bedroom suites with kitchens for large families or extended stay. Much of Minot's residence now is Liberty, a three-part "gastropub" that serves excellent burgers and fries. Tables in the front room sur- round the fireplace that once warmed patients. The Forge Tavern, in a back corner, has a welcoming bar and live entertainment several nights a week. Between them is the small, dark Tap Bar, reserved for men only, until the 1950s. In summer, Liberty expands outdoors with tables on the long front porch overlooking Concord's Monument Square. For fine dining, Sunday brunch, and special occasions, Merchant's Row serves American classics like Yankee pot roast and chicken under a brick. Afternoon tea with finger sandwiches and sweets is served twice monthly. Famous guests have stayed here, too. John Wayne, Shirley Temple, Sandra Day O'Connor, Queen Noor of Jordan, and, more recently, actors Jason Sudeikis and Olivia Wilde who were filming in town. Hopefully they had time to walk to Concord's shops and galleries or visit the Concord Museum and the homes of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Louisa May Alcott who are buried nearby on Authors Ridge in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. 170 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 5 n LONGFELLOW'S WAYSIDE INN 72 Wayside Inn Road, Sudbury 978.443.1776 www.wayside.org n THE INN AT HASTINGS PARK 2027 Massachusetts Ave., Lexington 781.301.6660 www.innathastingspark.com n COLONIAL INN 48 Monument Square, Concord 978.369.9200 www.concordscolonialinn.com excursions "thoughtful details" Each guest room at the Inn at Hastings Park is different and many have non-working fireplaces and contemporary four-poster beds C O U R T E S Y O F T H E I N N A T H A S T I N G S P A R K / P H O T O B Y M I C H A E L J . L E E

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