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Minute Man National Historical Park

A Revolution begins - A Nation is born.

On April 19, 1775, the American Revolution began at Lexington and Concord with a clash of arms known to history as "the shot heard round the world." At Minute Man National Historical Park the opening battle of the Revolution is brought to life as visitors explore the battlefields and witness the American revolutionary spirit through the writings of the Concord authors.

Welcome to Minute Man National Historical Park

Minute Man National Historical Park
174 Liberty St.
Concord, MA 01742
Phone
Park Head Quarters
(978) 369-6993

Minute Man National Historical Park commemorates the opening battle in the American Revolutionary War. It also includes The Wayside, home in turn to three noted American authors.


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The National Historical Park is under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service and protects 970 acres in and around the towns of Lexington, Massachusetts, Lincoln, Massachusetts, and Concord, Massachusetts.

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These sites include:

  • Minute Man National Historical Park - BEST Massachusetts Places to PicnicConcord's North Bridge, where on April 19, 1775, colonial commanders ordered militia men to fire back at British troops for the first time. British colonial militia and minutemen killed three regular army soldiers and wounded eight at the North Bridge Fight. This was the second battle of the day, after the brief fight at dawn on Lexington Common. In his 1837 poem, "The Concord Hymn", Concordian thinker and author Ralph Waldo Emerson immortalized the North Bridge Fight as "the shot heard round the world". At this site also stands Daniel Chester French's well-known Minute Man Statue of 1875.  Across the North Bridge, opposite the Minute Man Statue is the Obelisk Monument.  The Obelisk is believed to be the country's first memorial to its war casualties.
  • The five-mile "Battle Road Trail" between Lexington and Concord, which includes a restored colonial landscape approximating the path of the running skirmishes between British troops and Colonial militia, a monument at the site where Paul Revere was captured during his midnight ride, and the Hartwell Tavern, a restored 18th-century inn and house on the Battle Road, where living history programs are presented from May through October. The Battle Road Trail winds through fields and forests and is accessible from several different parking areas.
  • The Wayside, home in turn to authors Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Margaret Sidney.

Park visitor centers are located at the hill overlooking the North Bridge and along Battle Road. The main visitor center, on Route 2A/Battle Road, features an exciting 25-minute multi-media show, "Road to Revolution" that gives a good introduction to the Lexington-Concord events.

  • Lexington Battle Green, formerly known as Lexington Common, site of the first action on April 19, 1775 is part of the park's story, but the Town of Lexington owns and maintains it. The Green is also where the Captain Parker Statue by H. H. Kitson is located.

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