• The North Bridge, Concord MA.

    Minute Man

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

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    Please note: The annual "Battle Road" event, usually held on the Saturday of Patriot's Day weekend, will NOT be held this year. For a complete listing of Patriot's Day events please visit our Patriot's Day events page More »

Disturbed Lands

land use through time
By the turn of the 18th century, approximately 90 percent of land currently within the park's boundary had been converted to agriculture. Although extensive meadows existed in the area prior to European settlement, acres of forest were cleared to create pasture and cultivated cropland. For instance, in 1600, an estimated 30 percent of the Battle Road Unit supported open fields and meadows. By 1775, the percentage of fields had increased to more than 80 percent. By the time the park was established in 1959, many acres of abandoned agricultural land had reverted to forest. In addition, by 1959, many acres had been developed for residential and commercial purposes.

Since it's establishment, many structures have been removed or demolished and have been replaced by forest or meadows. In addition, the park plans to remove additional structures to restore additional acres of forest and field.

Did You Know?

British officer on horseback

Enlisted men in the British Army at the time of the American Revolution volunteered to join the ranks. Gentlemen who wanted to be officers, however, had to purchase their commissions.