History, Museums and Art Galleries
There are a wide range of museums in the area around Amerscot House Inn with everything from American history and art to Russian Icons. Nearby Concord was the starting point of the American Revolution and home to many famous literary figures.
Minuteman National Park
Minuteman National Park preserves and protects the significant historic structures, sites, properties and landscapes associated with the opening battles of the American Revolution. The Visitor Center is excellent.
Orchard House is the historic home of the extraordinary Alcott family, where Louisa May Alcott wrote and set Little Women. One of their favorite visits for many of our guests.
The first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired nearby – and, less than a century later, Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau spawned a revolution in American philosophy from here.
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
35 acres of grounds & buildings that are home to paintings, sculptures and photography by leading contemporary artists. Many outdoor sculptures and installations, a café and great gift shop. A wonderful place on a summer’s day.
Built in 1938 as his family home, this is an architectural landmark by Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus School.
Fruitlands Museum was founded in 1914 by Clara Endicott Sears, the collections encompass work by Transcendentalists, Shakers, Native Americans and the Hudson River School. There are three museums set in beautiful grounds.
Museum of Russian Icons
The museum, in nearby Clinton has North America’s largest collection of Russian icons.
The 1627 English Village is a re-creation of the small farming town built by English colonists in the midst of the Wampanoag homeland. In the village you will be surrounded by the modest timber-framed houses, fragrant raised-bed gardens, well-tended livestock and fascinating townspeople of Plymouth Colony. The people you will meet are costumed role players who have taken on the names, viewpoints and life histories of the people who actually lived in the colony in 1627. You should also take the time to visit the Mayflower – a replica of the boat that brought to Pilgrims to the USA.
Old Sturbridge Village is a “must-see” destination to experience early New England life from 1790-1840. One of the country’s largest living history museums, OSV has historians in costume, 59 antique buildings, three water-powered mills, and a working farm. Visitors can ride a stagecoach, view antiques, tour heirloom gardens, meet heritage breed farm animals, and enjoy hands-on crafts.
Salem Witches Museum
Explore the witch trials of 1692. By summer of 1692 180 people had been accused and imprisoned.
Walden Pond State Reservation
Walden Pond State Reservation includes 462 acres of protected open space so that visitors from near and far may come to experience the pond that inspired Henry David Thoreau.
American Textile History Museum
Visit here and see how the weaving industry evolved. This renovated 1860s canal-side mill building houses nearly 100 exhibits dramatizing the evolution of the weaving industry from a 1700s felting mill to a 1950s weaving room and includes many costumes, samples of the five million fabric samples in the museum's collection, and hundreds of spinning wheels.
Lowell National Historical Park
Begin at the Market Mills Visitor Center (open daily 8:30-6; free) with its excellent free film, Lowell: The Industrial Revelation, dramatizing the story of the first completely planned mill city. The Boott Cotton Mills Museum's feature exhibits include 88 thundering and vibrating looms.