The city of Concord, the state capital of New Hampshire, is nestled onto the banks and the valley of the Merrimack River. Located in the central part of the state, with a population around 43,000, Concord was founded by Europeans around 1720. The lands prior to the founding were occupied for the previous 3,000 years by the Pennacook tribes of the Abenaki people.
|New Hampshire's State Capital|
Main Street, the central thoroughfare of the downtown district, has the flavor of 19th century architecture. The domed capitol built in 1819, has the sole distinction of being the oldest capitol where the legislative bodies still meet in their original chambers. Main Street is dotted with distinct brick buildings being built or renovated which house a variety of locally owned shops, restaurants, and businesses. The value of Main Street as a pedestrian way has not gone unnoticed by the businesses who have plans on the drawing board to make it even more pedestrian friendly and attractive.
Concord has the air of a friendly small town, from it's Saturday morning farmers market in the shadow of the capitol building to it's pond ice hockey tournament in the depths of winter. The city neighborhoods still have the distinct feeling of the eras of growth over the history of their years. Centrally located, it affords it's citizens and tourists an easy commute to the White Mountains, the beaches of the seacoast, and the lakes region of the state.
|Clock Tower on Main Street, Concord|
The Concord downtown area has a growing art community with galleries, a new spacious performing arts center, a community supported non-profit movie theatre, an independent bookstore and shops carrying goods handcrafted by New Hampshire artisans.
|South Main Street, Capital Commons|
The pedestrian, who wanders down the tree shaded sidewalks, can find a variety of cuisine choices for lunch or dinner from all over the world. Choices include elegant gourmet dining to casual sandwich delis to cozy coffee shops or delightful candy shops. Concord has a restaurant for every taste and budget.
|Eagle Square, Downtown Concord|
We invite you to visit Concord and enjoy all the riches that it has to offer. Come for the Magnet Open Art Project and stay for the day!
|Main Street, Concord|