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“History alive and kicking in Lexington Revolutionary Era Tavern :)”
Review of Munroe Tavern

Munroe Tavern
Ranked #6 of 20 things to do in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Munroe Tavern was built in 1735 and temporarily served as a field hospital for the British Army on their retreat back to Boston from Concord on April 19, 1775. Later in 1789, George Washington paid a visit to the Tavern and dined in one of the rooms.
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 24 August 2011



Remember that feeling as a kid, when you had your imagination switched to full throttle, when something from history is brought to life by a truly great story-teller......well i have that.....just now....... after visiting Munroe Tavern.

This feeling, so rare in later years, as you learn to question what you hear. Being a history graduate makes that feeling of being "transported in time" even rarer as you look more critically at everything......

Thats why I am in awe of the depth of knowledge, my tour guide, John Dennis, on this occasion, had. Every question was answered with a wealth of primary source knowledge woven into colourful tales.

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LHSOC, Front Office Manager at Munroe Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 29 November 2011

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to Munroe Tavern. Most of the staff here at the Lexington Historical Society have had that feeling at some point in their lives after taking a great tour led by an extremely informative tour guide so we all know the importance of this. We are so glad to hear that Mr. John Denis gave you this feeling as well and made you trip a memorable one.

If ever in Lexington again we hope you would consider visiting us

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Reviewed 14 July 2011

We visited all 3 houses, the Buckman Tavern, the Hancock clarke house and the Munroe Tavern on July 14, which we did last. Our guide was an older gentleman who was absolutely fascinating. The tavern itself isn't much to speak of, but we spent an hour listening to this gentleman do the tour and he was amazing. Even my 5 kids listened attentively, and this after touring the 2 previous houses. We were there about an hour. My guess is the rating on these 3 places will be directly proportional to the quality of the guide. He was definitely the best of those we had, although the young man who was our guide at the hancock house was also very interesting. These 3 places are not really great for younger kids. They can't touch anything, it's all very old and fragile. I would agree with a previous reviewer on good for ages 6 and up.

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Reviewed 26 July 2010

As part of a 3-house ticket we visited the Munroe Tavern this weekend. Last year we toured the Buckman Tavern and eventually we will see the Hancock-Clarke House. From the outside it appears the Tavern is under renovation, but inside everything seems fine.

We had our own personal tour as no other tourists were there at the time. Our tour guide was an engaging young man (name?) who was surprising well poised and an excellent tour guide. He also participates in Revolutionary War reenactments with his family and is very knowledgeable on the subject.

We were given an overview of the events of the day the Munroe Tavern was commandeered by the British and then brought through the few rooms in the Tavern. The house is sparsely decorated, but has a few interesting items original to the home. The Tavern was used as a "bed & breakfast" before the British made it into a field hospital/command post. Upstairs there are uniforms on display and a room where George Washington sat.

The tour is about 30 minutes long and helps to give a visual layout of the locations and events surrounding the Battle of Lexington and Concord (1775). Our guide suggests the order to visit the 3 properties; Buckman Tavern, Hancock Clarke House and then Munroe Tavern.

3  Thank NekoCat
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Reviewed 29 December 2008

One of the Lexington Historical Society buildings, this building is now themed as the museum of the British soldiers during the American revolution.

Small and quaint, one would recommend visiting this museum in Lexington while visiting the sister houses at Buckman Tavern and Hancock-Clarke house.

I've visited a couple times, but not since the renovation for the British. As with all Lexington Historical Society buildings, they have a guide who answers questions, usually are not crowded, and you can learn more about American history.

Generally I would recommend for ages 6+.

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Reviewed 23 September 2015
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