Minute Man National Historic Park
Today we’re going to go to Lexington, Concord, and North Bridge. For this story we went to the Minute Man National Historical Park. Here we are in the parking lot with the ever-present Benny the Bison. The Minute Man National Historical Park commemorates the opening battle in the American Revolution. The park protects 970 acres in and around the towns of Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord.
This is the plaque regarding the visitor center at the beginning of the walkway to the center.
This is the walkway leading to the visitor center. It is about a 4 to 5 minute walk one way.
This is the actual visitors center which is operated by the National Park Service.
Inside the visitors center there is a theater where a 25-minute multi-media show, Road to Revolution is shown. This award-winning, multimedia theater program gives an excellent introduction to the historic events of April 19, 1775. This is a picture of the inside of the theater.
Continuing our story. After Paul Revere and William Dawes left Lexington, they continued their ride toward Concord to warn the Patriots gathered there. They were joined before long by Samuel Prescott. However, they did not get much further before they were stopped by a patrol of British Regulars.
Though the three men were detained by a patrol of British Regulars, Samuel Prescott was able to elude them and continued to Concord to warn the Patriots gathered there. They, in turn, gathered on the surrounding hillside to watch and observe as the British Regulars entered Concord. Once in Concord, the British Regulars begin their search for the reported military supplies hidden there.
Watching from the hillside and now seeing smoke rising over Concord, the Patriots believe that the British Regulars are in the process of burning Concord to the ground. They begin their advance on the British Regulars and meet them at North Bridge. This is a painting of the North Bridge that is in the Visitors Center. And this is the restored
North Bridge as it looks today. This is where the Revolution really began on this unassuming bridge.
This statue, at the far end of the bridge above, marks where the Patriots stood and faced the British Regulars.
On this bridge the militia men confront the British Regulars, who fire and kill two colonials. The militia commander orders his men to return fire.
This is considered an act of treason against the British government and would become known as the shot heard round the world.
The British Regulars regroup and begin their retreat back to the safety of Charlestown along Bay Road. But the battle is far from over. As they struggle back to Charlestown militia ambush them time and time again. By the time the day was over and the British were back in Charlestown the British count 74 dead and 174 wounded soldiers. Colonists have 49 men dead and 41 wounded. The war for freedom has begun.
There is so much more that could be told. Let me encourage you, make time yourself one day to come and visit the various historical sites in Boston and the surrounding area.
I, for one, was overwhelmed as I stood on the North Bridge and pictured in my mind the battle that raged there that day. Would I have dared to stand in opposition to the British? Would I have been willing to sacrifice perhaps even my life on the bridge that day? I would like to think that I would have. More though then the questions that came to my mind was the overwhelming sense of gratitude and respect that overtook me as I stood there and remembered the sacrifices made there that day for the freedoms that we all too often take for granted today. Yes, these past days have humbled me and renewed within me in a new sense of patriotism.
These are the voyages of Graybeard and it’s occupants, four paws and two humans. Our continuing mission: to explore as many new states as possible, to seek out new acquaintances and make new friends, to boldly go where we have not been before