• The North Bridge, Concord MA.

    Minute Man

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

Places To Go

Minute Man Visitor Center
Rt. 2A, Lexington

Minute Man Visitor Center (250 North Great Road, Lincoln MA. - electronic mapping only) is located near the eastern entrance of the park. Here you can see "The Road To Revolution," a multimedia theater program that provides an excellent introduction to the park story. The program depicts Paul Revere's Ride and the battles at Lexington Green, North Bridge and along the Battle Road. The visitor center exhibits include a forty-foot mural that portrays the fighting between Colonists and British Regulars. Park Rangers are on duty to answer questions.


 
Battle Road Trail

Explore the Battle Road Trail. This five mile trail connects historic sites from Meriam’s Corner in Concord to the eastern boundary of the park in Lexington. The main theme of the trail is the Battle of April 19, 1775, that launched the American Revolution. Much of the trail follows original remnants of the Battle Road; other sections leave the historic road to follow the route of the Minute Men, traversing farming fields, wetlands, and forests.

The trail is accessible by several parking areas along Route 2A and Lexington Road. You can pick up a park map at the visitor centers.


 
Hartwell Tavern in Autumn

Hartwell Tavern, (136 North Great Road, Lincoln MA. - electronic mapping only) is an authentic period home and a tangible reminder of how people lived in this area at the outbreak of the American Revolution. The home of Ephraim and Elizabeth Hartwell and their children was not only a prosperous farm, but also operated as a tavern. The structure played a significant role as a landmark in the community as travelers to and from Boston stopped and shared the latest news and discussed important issues of the day. Ranger Programs are offered at Hartwell Tavern June 21 - October 13, 2014


 
The Wayside: Home of Authors

The Wayside: Home of Authors, (455 Lexington Road, concord MA.) is where 19th-century authors kept the spirit of the Revolution alive by contributing to the creation of an American literary identity and playing an active role in the antislavery movement and the struggle for women's rights.

The Wayside: Home of Authors is closed for renovation. Extensive work is underway to restore the interior and exterior of the Wayside. Work is being conducted by the Historic Architecture, Conservation & Engineering Center, National Park Service, Northeast Region. Look for reopening in 2015.

During the Revolutionary era, The Wayside was the home of Samuel Whitney, muster master of the Concord Minute Men. During the literary renaissance of the 19th century, it was home to three families of authors. The young Louisa May Alcott wrote her first published work here. Extensive renovations to the house were made by Nathaniel Hawthorne, including the vaulted tower study. Harriett Lothrop, using the pen name "Margaret Sidney" wrote the "Five Little Peppers" stories at this "Home of Authors."


 
The North Bridge, Concord MA.

Photograph by Richard Hollister

Continue on to Concord's North Bridge, site of “the shot heard ‘round the world.” Here in this beautifully restored 19th century commemorative landscape, featuring the famous Minute Man statue by Daniel Chester French, is a perfect place to reflect upon the things experienced on the tour. Sit and listen to a 20 minute Ranger Program to enhance your visit to this hallowed ground.

To get to the North Bridge from The Wayside, continue west on Lexington Road for 7/10 mile. Proceed straight through the traffic circle. When the Colonial Inn is directly in front of you, turn right onto Monument Street. The North Bridge Parking Area is 1/2 mile ahead on the right. Cross the street and walk the footpath to the Bridge (approximately 100 yards). The North Bridge Visitor Center is a 5-minute walk away. You can drive to the visitor center by continuing on Monument Street. Take your first left onto Liberty Street. The entrance to the North Bridge Visitor Center Parking Area is 1/10 mile ahead to your left.


 
North Bridge Visitor Center

North Bridge Visitor Center / Buttrick Mansion

North Bridge Visitor Center (174 Liberty St. Concord MA.) is located in a brick mansion built in 1911 by descendents of the Buttrick family (Major John Buttrick was the colonial officer who first ordered his militia to fire upon British soldiers.), the North Bridge Visitor Center features a short video about the North Bridge fight, a bookstore and exhibits.

Among the exhibits in the park is a brass cannon, dubbed "The Hancock" in celebration of its storied past. In 1775, this cannon, recently smuggled out of Boston, was one of four brass cannons hidden in Concord and its recovery was one of General Gage's chief motives when he sent British troops to Concord on April 19, 1775. It is one display courtesy of the Bunker Hill Monument Association.

North Bridge Visitor Center also features the musket carried by Captain David Brown who commanded one of Concord's two minute companies and was present at the North Bridge fight. It is on display courtesy of The Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia, PA.)


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Did You Know?

minute men taking cover behind a wall

Though most of the landscape of Eastern Massachusetts was open farm land at the time of the battle in 1775, stone walls, houses and outbuildings provided some cover to minute men attacking the British column.