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Minute Man National Historical Park ~ Concord MA

On a drizzly, rainy day in April, we visited the Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, MA. Another rainy day brought us up to the battlefields of Concord and Lexington.

Minute Man National Historical Park is an excellent starting place to see where the American nation was born.

As the British moved out of Boston on April 19, 1775, followed by Paul Revere sounding the alarm that the British were coming, the patriots began to leave their homes and farms and assemble into their militia gear. This led to the first clash of the British with the American patriots, the battle that birthed a new nation.

You will explore these battlegrounds at the Minute Man National Historical Park.

Start with their Visitors Center which is a veritable wealth of information. They offer a 20 minute interactive film that is EXCELLENT! We highly recommend this rollicking journey from Paul Revere's ride out of Boston (be sure and watch the lantern to see if it is "one if by land, two if by sea.") how he alerted the miliitia along with two others, the British troop movements, the first skirmish, then down to Concord North Bridge where the shot heard round the world was fired, all the way to the British retreat.

They will give you a great guide that will explain how the battle went forth, and the route to take to follow it. It is several miles, and most choose to drive it, stopping to get out. Don't miss the Lexington Green, Concord North Bridge, Hartwell Tavern, and sites along the Battle Road.

After the events of April 19, the colonists used the British firing on the Americans to their advantage. By some accounts, only 1/3 of the colonists at the supported war . That altercation solidified the colonists , and soon after George Washington began to lead the army.

For en excellent history of what happened here, we recommend this link to the Department of Military Science.

Minute Man Visitor Center 250 North Great Road, Lincoln MA.

Write to

Minute Man National Historical Park
174 Liberty St.
Concord, MA 01742

Phone

Park Head Quarters
(978) 369-6993

Directions -- Car
From I-95: Take exit 30B. You will be on Route 2A west. The park is 1-mile west off ramp.

From MassPike: Take I-95 Exit (exit 14) and follow above directions.

From Route 2: Follow Route 2 to I-95 North. Proceed north one exit to 30B. Follow directions above.

North Bridge and North Bridge Visitor Center:
174 Liberty St. Concord MA.
NOTE: The Monument St. Bridge is closed for repairs. See directions below.