What U.S. destination could offer more history than Lexington and Concord? Here you can walk in the footsteps of many of the greatest heroes of American History.
On nice days, take some time to stroll around the Lexington Battle Green. Lexington Green is 2 1/2-acre park where the first skirmish between the Minutemen and the Redcoats took place during the Revolutionary War. During the night of April 19, 1775 the Minutemen gathered in anticipation of meeting the oncoming British regiments. As dawn broke, 70 Minutemen were standing and ready. The British commander, Major Pitcairn, ordered them to back down, but after some verbal challenges from both sides, a shot was fired, and the battle ensued. At the end, eight Minutemen were dead, and the British troops set off for Concord.
, actually a statue of
Captain John Parker
but which memorializes all Minutemen and their sacrifices, dedication and loyalty to the cause.
Read the words of Captain Parker inscribed on Parker Boulder: "Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here."
Visit the famous
(1 Bedford Street - adjacent to the Green) where the Lexington militia gathered that morning to await the arrival of the British troops. The Lexington Historical Society restored the interior to appear much the same as it did in 1775.
(within walking distance of the Green, on Hancock Street) was the home of Rev. John Hancock and Rev. Jonas Clarke.
(at the east end of town) was temporarily taken over as headquarters of British Brigadier General Earl Percy and his 1,000 reinforcement troops. The dining room served as their field hospital.