Concord was founded in 1635; signs noting the year can be seen entering the town from the west and south. On April 17, 1775, British soldiers in the area were involved in the initiative to "quell the growing tide of revolution" under the command of General Thomas Gage. Gage had received orders from the Earl of Dartmouth four days prior to see all artillery, ammunition, provisions, and weaponry held by the colonists of Concord destroyed.
The general ordered Lieutenant Colonel Smith to take 21 companies of their best soldiers in haste and secrecy to Concord in order to disarm the militia. Gage instructed Smith to destroy the weaponry, but to avoid harming the colonists, stealing from them, or destroying their property. Before midnight, Smith set out with 700 soldiers from Boston Common to carry out his orders.
In response, Paul Revere instructed Robert Newman to climb to the top of the Old North Church, lighting two lanterns to alert the colonists that the British forces were approaching via the Charles River. While Newman broadcasted the warning, Revere started towards Lexington and Concord on his famous "midnight ride" to warn fellow patriots that the British had mobilized. The two forces met near the Old North Bridge, starting the Battles of Lexington and Concord and ultimately sparking the Revolutionary War. A monument is located near the bridge to commemorate the event.
The town's centerpiece, the Concord Parks and Recreation Department's Museum of Freedom, showcased these historical events and welcomed tourists, while the rest of the city displayed remnants of flags and signs reading, "Celebrate History!" In 2287, the city has become a raider stronghold, and upon the Sole Survivor's emergence from nearby Vault 111, finds Preston Garvey and his group trapped after their escape from the Quincy Massacre.
Several of the houses and stores of Concord are boarded up. The Museum of Freedom and the church are located in the southeast part of town. The workhouse is situated near the main road to the north, and the Concord Speakeasy is in the center. These buildings are down the street from the museum, near the Concord civic access underground and Concord Savings and Loan. Across the street is Wright's Inn. There is also an accessible hardware store by the museum, near a Walden Drugs and Fallon's Department Store. Three municipal plutonium wells are affixed to buildings throughout the town.
- Laser musket - In front of the Museum of Freedom.
- Perception bobblehead - Inside the Museum of Freedom, on a desk in the same room as the Minutemen.
- RobCo Fun - Inside the Museum of Freedom, on the desk next to the terminal Sturges is using.
- Log - SSG Michael Daly - On the roof of the Museum of Freedom, on a desk near the abandoned T-45 power armor.
- T-45 power armor - On the roof of the Museum of Freedom, along with a minigun on the crash-landed vertibird.
- Taboo Tattoos issue #10 - In the Concord civic access, on the floor next to the green steamer trunk. (Civic access entry is through the hole in the street.)
- Fusion core - In the Concord civic access, hidden behind a steel beam behind the mirelurk.
- Nuka-Cola Quantum - In the northwestern-most house, in the refrigerator in the first-floor kitchen.
- Nuka-Cherry - East of Concord, in a shopping cart behind the Museum of Freedom.
- Out of Time: Codsworth recommends the Sole Survivor travels to Concord in search of help to find their son.
- When Freedom Calls: Help Preston and his group get rid of the raiders hunting them.
- Concord is the only city in the game with its name on a water tower and street clock.
- After "When Freedom Calls" is complete, raiders will begin respawning around Concord. However, the deathclaw that attacks the Sole Survivor during the quest will not respawn.
Concord appears only in Fallout 4.
Behind the scenes
- The city is based on the real-world location of Concord, Massachusetts. The town is known for its role in the American Revolution, specifically in the Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775.
- The "Entering Concord" sign exists in the real world in the same likeness when entering the town.
- Road signs
- Voice via Tour Bot: "Let us go back hundreds of years. It is the year 1775. For seven years, thousands of British soldiers have camped on this very soil in their orderly rows of tents. Led by General Thomas Gage, they seek to quell the growing tide of Revolution. The night of April 17th..."
(Tour Bot dialogue)
- Lieutenant Colonel Smith via Tour Bot: "The officers are assembled, General Gage."
General Gage via Tour Bot: "Four days prior I received word from the Earl of Dartmouth. We have our orders. Lieutenant Colonel Smith, gather 21 companies of our best men and carry them with the utmost expedition and secrecy to Concord. Once there you will seize and destroy all artillery, ammunition, provisions, tents, small arms, and all military stores."
Lieutenant Colonel Smith via Tour Bot: "But what of the colonists, General?"
General Gage via Tour Bot: "Take care that the soldiers do not plunder the inhabitants, or hurt private property. But we can and must defang them."
(Tour Bot dialogue)
- Boston landmark inscriptions; Boston Common
- Voice via Tour Bot: "So near midnight, Colonel Smith marched with 700 Redcoats to face brave American patriots in the Battle of Lexington and Concord. And thus the Revolutionary War began. Continue on the trail to walk through more of our great city's history."
(Tour Bot dialogue)
- Boston landmark inscriptions; Old North Church
- Boston landmark inscriptions; Paul Revere House
- Preston Garvey: "Well I'll be damned. It's the monument to the original Minutemen. I knew that was somewhere around Concord. That means this right here must be the Old North Bridge. Where the first shots of the American Revolution were fired. I'd call that the best omen I've seen since we left Quincy."
(Preston Garvey's dialogue)
- The Sole Survivor: "What was the Quincy Massacre?"
Preston Garvey: "I thought everyone in the Commonwealth knew about that by now. Where the Minutemen betrayed each other, and the people they were supposed to protect. I was with Colonel Hollis's group. A mercenary group called the Gunners was attacking Quincy; the people there called for the Minutemen to help. We were the only ones that came. The other groups... they just turned their backs. On us, and the folks in Quincy. Only a few of us got out alive. Colonel Hollis was dead. So I ended up in charge of the survivors. We never found a safe place to settle. One disaster after another... you saw how it ended, in Concord."
(Preston Garvey's dialogue)