Hidden Treasures 2018

Date(s) - Saturday, June 2, 2018
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm



New date is June 2!! (original date postponed due to rain)

Patriots, Prejudice, and Protest: The Hidden Stories of Concord’s Early African Americans

Our program will take place at Brister’s Hill, named after Brister Freeman, a formerly enslaved man who was the second person of African descent to own land in Concord. Peter Robbins, whose father Caesar Robbins went with Brister Freeman to Bennington in the summer of 1776, will recount the lives of Patriots of Color who gained their freedom during the Revolutionary war and began lives as free men in Concord. See the ditch fence Brister Freeman dug around his property almost 200 years ago.

After a talk with “Peter Robbins,” we will then do part of “Thoreau’s Path on Brister’s Hill,” where we will see the Toni Morrison Society Bench by the Road and learn about how the natural history of the area played a significant role in why formerly enslaved people in Concord lived in Walden Woods.

While we will not be able to visit with “Ellen Garrison,” as originally planned, we encourage participants to head over to the Robbins House after our walk on Brister’s Hill, as you can learn a lot about Ellen (and the other Robbins House residents) from their exhibitions. “Ellen Garrison” does other appearances at the Robbins House throughout the year, so please join their email list to find out more.

The program on Brister’s Hill will end by 3:00. The Robbins House is open until 4 PM.

This program is part of Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area’s month-long regional celebration, Hidden Treasures 2018.

Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018

Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Space is limited to 25 participants. Please email education@walden.org to register.


1:00 PM–Meet at Hapgood Wright Town Forest Parking Lot on Walden Street, across from Concord-Carlisle High School (which is 500 Walden Street). For those going to the Robbins House afterward, directions will be provided.