JUST WHO DO WE

THINK WE ARE?

Concord Tour Company launched in 2010 with the goal of helping visitors enjoy a more cohesive appreciation of Concord’s complex history and its myriad historic sites. 

 

In the same way that history itself is a living narrative that changes as new information is discovered, so do our tours and interpretations as we constantly update what we know balanced with what visitors desire. Driven by our passion for sharing and the joy we experience from engaging with guests, Concord Tour Company seeks to be inclusive of all cultures and to ensure equal representation for both the diverse people that make up our past, and the modern ones who come on our tours.

 

Concord is much more than its famous history and contains a tightly knit community of shops, workers, historic sites, and residents. For that reason, we partner closely with many local businesses, sharing referrals, encouraging patronage, and each year, we donate a percentage of proceeds from our tours and events right back to the museums, historic sites, and national parks in our town. 

 

Our warm, humorous, and friendly guides are the true soul of Concord Tour Company. Also known as ‘professional heritage interpreters’ we are proud to support and encourage their continued education in any and all ways possible, and as a result, we can offer our visitors an unparalleled learning experience, whether you’re a curious weekend tourist, advanced college class, or a professional historian yourself. 

 

Ultimately, Concord Tour Company is committed to providing accurate history in the form of tours, educational experiences, and unique events combined with fun, compelling and entertaining stories that visitors of all ages will love and remember. 

 

We can’t wait to meet you!

 - The Concord Tour Company Team

MEET YOUR GUIDES

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After nearly a decade in high tech and software, Alida fell madly in love with a new career in history when she began working as the Director of Marketing and historical interpreter for The Old Manse.

 

During her time there, she observed visitors to Concord would benefit from a more cohesive way to experience one of the most historically significant towns in the country. 

         In 2010, Concord Tour Company was born

of that desire to provide a stress-free, fun, and educational visit for all. Alida is fortunate to work alongside a variety of incredibly talented historians and reenactors who use their passion and knowledge to make Concord's history come alive.

ALIDA V. ORZECHOWSKI

Owner and Founder

Jennifer has had a life-long passion for history, with a tradition of military service in her family. For over fifteen years she worked with the Framingham History Center in various capacities which included designing and executing exhibits, tours, encampments, programs, and events. 

               Jennifer participates with five reenactment groups encompassing three centuries. They include American Revolution units: Acton Minutemen and the Sudbury Militia; Civil War Units, the Northeast Topographical Engineers and Corbin's Battery, and Das Geld Fahnlein, a 16th c. European pike soldiers unit. She's fired muskets or cannons at events across much of the northeast and mid Atlantic. 

                 Jennifer also has significant theater experience as an actress, playwright, and producer and she's sure to both educate and entertain all our visitors! 

JENNIFER TOTH

Reenactor and Historical Interpreter

Steve is a local Revolutionary War reenactor who grew up in the nearby historical town of Acton. Weaned on the story of Issac Davis and the courageous actions of his Acton Minuteman unit, Steve has a unique knowledge and insight into the story of the battle at the Old North Bridge. Steve is the Captain of the present-day Acton Minutemen and truly enjoys telling the story of the opening day of the American Revolution, with anecdotes and nuances you won't hear anywhere else.

 

An engineer turned carpenter, he is a seasoned North Bridge tour guide and is ready to take you down that path into history. 

Reenactor and Historical Interpreter

STEVE CROSBY

Richard has been a Concord historian for more than twenty years, most of that time as Henry David Thoreau, making appearances at Walden Pond, around Concord, and throughout the US and Canada. Having been a National Park Ranger, as well as tour guide at the various Concord historical sites, Richard has an intimate knowledge of Concord's history and the famous people who lived here. 

            In addition, he has written several books for Applewood Books in nearby Carlisle, MA, including Quotations of Henry David Thoreau,  A Short Biography of Henry David Thoreau, and A short Biography of Alexander Hamilton. When not giving tours or lectures, Richard can often be found drinking good whiskey and listening to punk rock. 

Reenactor and Historical Interpreter

RICHARD SMITH

Beth, a licensed Concord tour guide, is originally from NJ, but has lived in Massachusetts for the past 18 years, and is tickled to call historic Concord her home. Whilst at Montclair State university, she studied anthropology and received a BA in English. 

 

Taking the Concord History course reignited Beth's love of learning and she recently started a Masters in History through SNHU to help her guide visitors through history with more insight, and as an early birthday present to herself - she should be finished with her Masters just a few weeks before her 50th birthday in 2021!

    When not giving tours, or doing homework, Beth can be found walking her St Bernard around Concord as he sniffs out history one plaque at a time. 

BETH van DUZER

General Manager

Brianne is a writer and editor with a degree in English literature from Boston University and a master's degree in English literature from 

the University of MA, Boston.

          A longtime lover of Thoreau, she found Thoreau when she was just fifteen years old. She serves as Editorial Advisory Board Member for the Thoreau Society, one of the oldest societies devoted to an American author, and is the author of American Lit 101: From Nathaniel Hawthorne to Harper Lee and Naturalism to Magical Realism, an Essential Guide to American Writers and Works (Simon & Shuster, 2017).

          Brianne lives in Belmont, MA, a stone's throw from her adopted home in Concord, where you'll find her traipsing wildly through the woods, and hanging with her treasured group of "geeks" in the cozy pub at Concord's Colonial Inn. 

Historical Interpreter

BRIANNE KEITH

Paul is a longtime resident of Lexington, MA, a former Lexington Green tour guide, boardmember and former President of the Lexington Historical Society, board member of the Friends of Minuteman Park, and a longtime member and past commander of His Majesty's Tenth Regiment of Foot, portraying the role of British solidiers in the annual re-enactments of the battles of Lexington and Concord.

           Paul has studied the circumstances, motivations, and events leading up to the outbreak of war in April 1775, and has led numerous tours of these historic sites, breaking myths and illustrating the military and political realities that guided the actions of many on both the Colonial and British sides. The world was changed by these events. It is important that we understand how and why. 

Reenactor and Historical Interpreter

PAUL O'SHAUGHNESSY

Given his first camera at age twelve, Chris has spent most of his life behind a lens. Along the way, Chris developed an additional passion: beer!

 

In particular, the magical and ancient discovery of brewing and fermentation which he's now been practicing himself for more than two decades. 

         Dividing his time equally between these two callings, Chris will often be spotted with a beer in his hand or sharing with visitors the ten thousand years of brewing history on his mind. 

CHRISTOPHER BROWN

Brewer, Photographer, and Historical Interpreter

 
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