- Commemorates the 19 April 1775 Battle of Lexington / Concord, which started the Revolutionary War.
- 88 militia were killed or wounded that day; 247 British Redcoats were killed or wounded.
- There are reenactments of the battle on Patriot’s Day, which is an annual state holiday in Massachusetts.
- Throughout the park are
witnesshouses, whose occupants would have seen the British soldiers first-hand.
- Not part of the park, but certainly a witness house, is the wonderfully preserved Old Manse near Concord Bridge.
- It was colonial Major John Buttrick who first ordered his militia to fire on the British Regulars; the mansion that is now the North Bridge Visitor Center was built by descendants of the Buttrick family.
- SITE: NPS.gov
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With over 900 acres, the Minute Man Historical Park traces the route originally taken by the British Regulars from Lexington to Concord. Starting at the Minute Man Visitor Center, a multimedia theater program provides an excellent introduction to the battle which began the American Revolution. Park Rangers are available for questions.
Battle Road Trail
The five-mile trail connects historic sites from Meriam’s Corner in Concord to the eastern boundary of the park in Lexington. It can be hiked or biked; or for the main sites, parking is available.
A significant community landmark in its day, Hartwell Tavern was also a prosperous farm and home to Ephraim and Elizabeth Hartwell and their children. The authentic structure is open for a self-guided tour.
North Bridge Visitor Center
Located in a brick mansion built in 1911, the North Bridge Visitor Center features a short video about the North Bridge fight, a bookstore, and exhibits. Includes a brass cannon, smuggled out of Boston in 1775, that was one of the four cannons hidden in Concord. The rebuilt North Bridge is a five-minute walk away.