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Minute Man National Historic Park

Take this tour along Battle Road to learn about the start of the Revolutionary War and the birth of our country.
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 8.2 miles
Duration: Full day
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Overview :  Use this guide to follow the path the British took as they retreated from the North Bridge area of the Minute Man National Historic... more »

Tips:  Take exit 30B off of I-95 and follow Route 2A west for about a 0.2 miles then take a right onto Massachussettes Ave. Follow this a... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Parking

Park here to start your historic tour. This is a convenient place to park as it is directly off I-95, a major Interstate that skirts around the Boston area. If you are taking public transportation take the Red line out of downtown boston and jump on the 76 Bus from the last station (Alewife). This will take you conveniently right to this... More

2. Ebenezer Fiske House Site

A spot where retreating British soldiers were attended to by Dr. Joseph Fisk, Ebenezer's cousin. There is an interpretive sign here as well as the foundation left over from the house. Several of the British soldiers that were cared for did not survive and were buried in this area. This is the first of the "witness" homesteads you will come... More

3. Thomas and Josiah Nelson House Sites

This is another witness house, like the Fiske House that British Soldiers passed by on their way away from North Bridge on their march towards Boston. Josiah and Elizabeth Nelson lived here. You will see several historical markers in this area and interpretive signs. Josiah unfortunately ran into British soldiers outside his home who had just ... More

4. Paul Revere Capture Site

At this location Paul Revere and his two fellow riders, William Dawes and Samuel Prescott were stopped by British Soldiers at a roadblock on their way to Concord. Prescott was able to jump a wall on his horse and escape to be the only one to make it to Concord. Dawes fell off his horse in the escape and was detained but Paul Revere got the worst... More

5. Captain William Smith House

Captain Smith was the commanding officer of the Lincoln, MA Minute Men and was also the borther of Abigail Adams. This house was built in 1692 and after serveral additions was restored recently by the National Park Service to its original Revolutionary War appearance. Here too a wounded British soldier was cared for by Williams wife Catherine... More

6. Samuel Hartwell House Site

The Hartwell family has a long interesting history. Please click the guide links to read more about this large family (link provided here as well). This was the home of Samuel Hartwell, the oldest son of Ephraim and Elizabeth Hartwell who ran the nearby Hartwell Tavern. On April 19th, 1775 Samuel lived in this homestead with his father and... More

7. Hartwell Tavern

Ephraim and Elizabeth Hartwell had a very rough life. Married in 1732 they had five children in just six years but lost all of them by 1740 to "throat distemper" (Diptheria). But, during this time having children ensured your survival so the two went about having 8 more children from 1741 to 1754 with the names of the first children passed on to... More

8. Bloody Angle

This is the site of some of the bloodiest fighting on April 19th, 1775 as the British moved through the area on their way to Boston and the local colonists ambushed them in this wooded area on their way back from Meriam's Corner. The British troops were caught in a cross fire from both sides of the road resulting in the death of over 8 soldiers... More

9. Job & Joshua Brooks Houses

Joshua was a Minute Man and his family owned a slaughterhouse and tannery across the street. His house is on the same side of the road as Battle Road. Across the street is the Job Brooks House which is older and now stores artifacts from the Revolutionary War from the region. It is open to the public to view the artifacts on Saturdays. For a... More

10. Noah Brooks Tavern

This site was settled in 1652 by the Brooks Family and remained with the family until it was sold in 1862. Nearby Brooks Hill was where the British first encountered the ambush at Bloody Angle. Although this tavern wasn't built until 1798, 23 years after the retreat of the British from the North Bridge area it is still a very historical... More

11. Samuel Brooks House

This house was built in 1733 on the Brooks Family estate. Samuel Brooks was a member of the Continental Army. The house is now available for functions such as weddings and corporate retreats.

12. Olive Stowe House

There is a good story about how recently this house was disproved as a "witness" house from the battle of April 19th 1775. The original witness house was actually Olive's father's house which this house was built upon. This area has been farmed since the early 1600's. Make sure to click the link in this guide to read more about this lengthy... More

13. Historic Farming Fields

In these fields the Minute Men pushed the British back on April 19th, 1775. Just past these fields the Minute Men ambushed the British Troops from the woods at Bloody Angle. These fields have been farmed since the 1600's. You will see several interpretive signs in this area to read. This is the place along Battle Road where many re-enactments ... More

14. Meriam House

Constructed in 1705 at Meriam's Corner on the west end of Battle Road this became a "witness house" to the retreating British Troops. The front of the house is the original while the dairy was added later in the 1800's. This structure was used as a shelter, protecting Colonial Troops as they waited for the retreating British.

Former home of Louisa May Alcott, Margaret Sidney, and Nathaniel Hawthorne and the birthplace of some great American Literature. This was the only home that Hawthorne, author of the Scarlet Letter, ever owned and was where he wrote his last works. The Alcott family called this home the "hillside" and plays staged by Louisa May Alcott and her... More

Home of the Alcott family were Louisa May wrote "Little Women". Louisa lived in the next door Wayside into her teens with parents and sisters from 1845 to 1848 before moving next door to the Orchard House to live from 1858 to 1877. It was here that Louisa May Alcott set and composed her famous book, Little Women which was one of the first books ... More

Take the time to check out this museum as it holds a wealth of knowledge on the early history and birth of our nation along with information on the individuals who led the literary renaissance in America. Throughout the year there are special exhibitions set up so make sure to check the links for more information on this museum.

This house was built in 1828 by the Coolidge family and was originally named the Coolidge Castle before it was bought for 3,500 dollars by Ralph Waldo Emerson in July 1835 just before he married Lydia Jackson. He then spent an additional $500 on landscaping and other enlargements to make sure it was big enough to serve as a central meeting place ... More

19. Wright Tavern

In October 1774 over 300 delegates met at this tavern as the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts. In the famous meeting they decided to cease paying taxes to the crown and to authorize provisions for armed forces to resist the British. The tavern was also the headquarters of the Minute Men on the morning of April 19th, 1775 while in the... More

The “Old North Bridge” as it is commonly called is the location where the Revolutionary War began with the “shot heard round the world” when colonial Minutemen fired the first shots of the civil war against 90-95 British light infantry regiments on foot under the command of Captain Walter Laurie. In total there were over 400 Minutemen and other... More