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




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


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

Map Square


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

Making History Come Alive In Concord

Making history come alive in Concord

If Ellen Garrison were alive today, she would have been thrilled to see the eager young faces gathered in the Robbins House to not only learn about Concord’s African-American history, but also to hear about the important role Garrison played in advocating for civil rights in the 1800s.
Undoing Racism

Undoing Racism

Undoing Racism Talk Cohosted with First Parish in Concord November 5 • 3-5 pm • First Parish in Concord, 20 Lexington Rd. The Robbins House is cohosting a talk by David Billings on White Supremacy and Undoing Racism. David Billings’ 2016 book, Deep Denial: The Persistence of White Supremacy, documents…

What Would Henry Do?

What Would Henry Do?

Based on Thoreau Farm's new book, What Would Henry Do? Essays for the 21st Century, a panel of Thoreauvian essayists, including Robbins House President Maria Madison, Tim Hebert, Jack Nevision, Leslie Perrin Wilson, and moderated by Ken Lizotte, will discuss their contributions to the book and lead a group discussion…

Truth And Trust: Museums In A Polarized Society

Truth and Trust: Museums in a Polarized Society

Adding Perspective to our National History; Places Inspiring Community Conversations Join a frank and fruitful discussion on how historic sites can create new, more inclusive museum projects about social justice issues. Gain fresh ways to think about expanding audiences, integrating African American history into old established New England towns, and…

The Role Of Museums In Unmasking Society’s Inequities

The Role Of Museums In Unmasking Society’s Inequities

Reposted from HuffPost By Maria Madison, ScD Whether through a painting, artifact or object, thoughtful museums and historic sites share stories that can shape society. Annually, thousands of individuals visit our small historic site, The Robbins House, in a quiet corner of the world in Concord, Massachusetts. The house commemorates…

New Interactive Software Exhibit Available For Presentations

New Interactive Software Exhibit Available for Presentations

October 2017 The Robbins House partnered with Trivium Interactive to create an exciting new interactive exhibit that will tell the history of the Long Civil Rights Movement through the lives and stories of the residents of the Robbins House. The interactive program is scheduled for completion this October. The exhibit…