Visit The Robbins House

June, July & August: 11-4
(Closed Tuesdays)
September, October: 11-4
(Open Fri-Sun + Columbus Day)

320 Monument Street
Concord MA
(Located opposite the Old North Bridge)

(978) 254-1745

The Robbins House – Concord’s African American History

Welcome

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VISIT THE ROBBINS HOUSE

Our site is a 544 sq. ft. historic early 19th century house formerly inhabited by the first generation of descendants of formerly enslaved African American Revolutionary War veteran Caesar Robbins, and by fugitive slave Jack Garrison.

Jack Garrison For Home Page

LEARN THE HISTORY

The stories of the occupants of The Robbins House reveal the ways in which this first generation of free Concord African Americans pursued independence and contributed to the antislavery movement

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TAKE A WALKING TOUR

We created a map of African American and antislavery history in Concord, MA.

Download the map and take a walking tour of the African American and Antislavery history sites in Concord.

News and Events

Reading Frederick Douglass

Reading Frederick Douglass

Reading Frederick Douglass Together — With Costumed Civil Rights Activists & Discussion Wednesday, July 4th • 11:00 am-1:00 pm • The Robbins House Considered one of the most daring, eloquent speeches in the English language, Frederick Douglass's fiery 1852 speech, “What to the Slave is the 4th of July?” challenges…

Sunday Cello Sessions

Sunday Cello Sessions

Back for Summer — Sunday Cello Sessions Sundays, July 1st, July 8th, July 15th, and July 22nd • 12 noon-2 pm • The Robbins House Our intern Emma Hodgdon will play the cello outdoors at the Robbins House, weather permitting. Bring your lunch and join us!

Celebrate Juneteenth At The Robbins House

Celebrate Juneteenth at the Robbins House

Celebrate Juneteenth at the Robbins House Saturday, June 16 th • 2:00-4:00 pm • The Robbins House All ages are welcome to join us at the Robbins House for a celebration of the African American holiday, Juneteenth (a combination of the words June + nineteenth, and the oldest known celebration…

On Brister’s Hill With The Walden Woods Project

On Brister’s Hill with The Walden Woods Project

We were rained out, rained out again, and nearly rained out a third time for our program On Brister’s Hill with Robbins House re-enactor Joe Zellner and Walden Woods Project Director of Education, Whitney Retallic. Here are highlights we learned about Brister Freeman, whose home was in the town forest…

Spotlight On New Robbins House Co-President Rob Munro

Spotlight on New Robbins House Co-President Rob Munro

“To a certain extent, we do live in a bubble here,” Rob said, “not only at Middlesex, but also in Concord. I am very hopeful that we can gently expand that bubble and have more difficult conversations about culture, history and race. And, in the process, become more empathetic and…

Freedom’s Way Hidden Treasures Program— Patriots, Prejudice, And Protest: The Hidden Stories Of Concord’s Early African Americans

Freedom’s Way Hidden Treasures Program— Patriots, Prejudice, and Protest: The Hidden Stories of Concord’s Early African Americans

At The Robbins House Sat. May 19 • 2:45–4:00 PM Our next stop, with time to travel, is the Robbins House, where Peter Robbins’ niece Ellen Garrison talks about being raised in 1820-30s Concord, and the antislavery activism that brought her from Boston to Rhode Island, Maryland, Virginia, Kansas, and California in pursuit of independence at a time of racial injustice.
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