Concord in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
Captain David Brown House Site
A successful farmer of a 67-acre homestead, David also was a speculator in frontier real estate and a town Selectman. Under his roof lived his wife Abigail, their ten children, and his Uncle Elias.
On the day of the battle, David was a 47-year-old Captain of one of Concord’s minute man companies. He led his men to the North Bridge through his own fields, while his family watched. Marching with him was his oldest son Purchase, his cousin John, and his nephew Jonas, who would be wounded in the battle. All that Brown defended lay about him; the Redcoats were trespassing on his home.
“The brave captain never crossed alone the “North Bridge” after dark . . . without singing at the top of his lusty voice some good old psalm tune, that would ring out in the night, and wake many a sleeper in the village.
Erected by Minute Man National Historical Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Places • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical year for this entry is 1644.
Location. 42° 28.126′ N, 71° 21.284′ W. Marker is in Concord, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Liberty Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Concord MA 01742, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Road to Colonel Barrett’s (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Captain Isaac Davis (about 800 feet away); Two Revolutions (about 800 feet away); An Evolving Legacy (about 800 feet away); Reflections of the Revolution (about 800 feet away); The Muster Field (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Minuteman of Concord 1775 (approx. 0.2 miles away); The North Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Concord.
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker features a picture of the British soldiers being fired upon at the North Bridge. It has a caption of “This engraving by Amos Doolittle of the battle, viewed from the other side of the North Bridge, provides a contemporary view of the David Brown house.” The left of the marker contains an image of David Brown in his fields.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 23, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,200 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 23, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.