Minute Man National Historical Park supports a variety of vegetation types, including forests, fields, shrublands, ponds, wetlands, and developed areas. In addition, the park supports several types of wetlands, including forested wetlands, seasonal ponds, swamps, bogs, and emergent wetlands. Approximately 250 species of plants have been documented in the park, including 29 native trees, 27 native shrubs, over 100 native herbs, a variety of grasses, and more than 70 non-native species. Dominant trees include sugar maple (Acer saccharum), silver maple (Acer saccharinum), white oak (Quercus alba), and American beech (Fagus grandifolia). Dominant shrubs at the park are mostly non-native species, including European buckthorn (Rhamnus frangula), common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica), and Morrow bush honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii).
Did You Know?
Often considered "ragtag" by the British regular army, the Massachusetts colonial militia was actually very well organized. With a few exceptions, able-bodied men between 16 and 60 years of age were required to serve. They were the main line of defense for the colony for nearly 150 years before the Revolution.