Fall Happenings at Minute Man National Historical Park

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News Release Date: August 29, 2017

Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

Concord, MA. Late summer and fall events at Minute Man National Historical Park return this September. Take time out from your busy schedule and join us for the opportunity to take a hike with your favorite dog, walk in the footsteps of patriot, visit the historic houses in the park, and experience the world of a British soldier.

Saturday, September 9th
Abigail Adams: Life, Love, Letters
North Bridge Visitor Center / Buttrick Garden
1:00 p.m.
Join Abigail Adams, portrayed by actress and historian Pat Bridgman, as she reflects on her courtship, marriage, and love in wartime.

Sunday, September 10th
Celebrating 200 Years of Henry David Thoreau: Thoreau’s Wild Places and Cultivated Lands
Sunday, September 10, 1:00-4:00
The Wayside: Home of Authors
Join Concord historian Jayne Gordon for a two mile walk through landscapes that Henry Thoreau encountered and recorded in his excursions through the East Quarter of Concord. The walk will begin at The Wayside. We will discuss Thoreau’s observations over light refreshments on The Wayside piazza when we return. Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes! For other Thoreau events see: ww.thoreaubicentennial.org

Saturday, September 16th
Witnesses to Revolution: Battle Road Open House
Minute Man National Historical Park
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Visit some of the restored colonial homes in the park. The “open house”provides a rare opportunity to visit the historic homes on the Battle Road Trail at Minute Man National Historical Park. Many are seldom open. These houses bear silent testimony to this critical time in American history. Each has a unique story to tell.
Begin your visit at Minute Man or North Bridge Visitor Centers to pick up a program schedule. Each house features a demonstration or special focus from historic preservation and architecture to colonial trades and military topics. Bring your family and enjoy a glimpse of the past!  Pick up informational materials at Minute Man and North Bridge Visitor Centers to guide your visit.
Authoring a Nation: A Hawthorne Neighborhood Walking Tour
Explore the neighborhood where Nathanial Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau lived and worked. Discover how their writings helped develop a unique American identity. The walk is almost one mile. Please wear comfortable shoes.
Location: The Wayside, 455 Lexington Road, Concord MA
Time:  Sunday, September 17th and October 22nd at 1:30 PM.
Fee Information: FREE.

Saturday, September 23rd
Warlike Preparations
Colonel James Barrett House, 448 Barrett’s Mill Road, Concord
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
In late 1774 and 1775, Col. James Barrett of Concord was responsible for all the military supplies deposited in the town by the Massachusetts Provincial Congress. Visit the Barrett House and learn about the military preparations that helped launch the colonies into the Revolutionary War.
Saturday, September 30th
Battle Road Trail Walk

Join a park ranger for a 4 hour guided walk along the historic Battle Road Trail. Hear stories about the people and events of April 19, 1775 and landscape changes through time. Bring plenty of water and wear comfortable walking shoes! Tours may be cancelled in extreme weather. Call (781) 674 - 1920 to check tour status.
Location: Minute Man Visitor Center
Time: 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Fee Information: FREE

Saturday, October 7th
Parker’s Revenge: The New Evidence
Minute Man Visitor Center
1:00 p.m.
Archaeologist Dr. Meg Watters will share details about the Parker’s Revenge Archaeology Project that was successful in locating a key Lexington battle site from April 19, 1775. Following the presentation, Park Ranger Jim Hollister, joined by His Majesty’s 10th Regiment of Foot, will lead a walk out to the scene of action. The reenactors will demonstrate how, based on the project’s findings, we believe the battle was fought. This program will feature musket firing.

Sunday, October 8th
Revolutionary Dogs: ‘Paws for the Cause!’

Join Ranger Roger Fuller for a forty-five-minute walk on the Battle Road to explore the life of dogs in colonial America, and in the Revolution. The tour starts at Minute Man Visitor Center and goes to Paul Revere Capture Site, about half a mile, with four stops along the way. The walk is open to all. You are welcome to bring along your well-behaved, friendly dog, too.
Location: Minute Man Visitor Center, 250 North Great Road, Lincoln, MA
Time: : 2:00 PM.
Fee Information: FREE.

Saturday, October 14th
Middlesex County Volunteers Fifes and Drums
North Bridge, 11:00 a.m.
Minute Man Visitor Center, 2:00 p.m.
Come listen to marches, dances, and airs popular during America’s War for Independence.
In the News
Hartwell Tavern
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
In colonial Massachusets taverns were hubs of news and communication. Travelers brought news and perspectives from far away places, and locals read newspapers, advertisements, and public notices. Current events were discussed and political issues were debated. What were local people talking about in 1775? Visit Hartwell Tavern, talk politics with local residents of 1775, and discuss the potential impact of events.
Sunday, October 15th
The British Redcoat

Why were the Regulars in Massachusetts? Why did they come to Concord? What happened on April 19, 1775 from the perspective of the King's Army? Join Park Ranger Roger Fuller to explore the answers to these questions.
Location: Minute Man Visitor Center
Time: Sunday, October 15th, 1:00 PM, 3:00 PM
Fee Information: FREE

Saturday, October 21st
Archaeology Finds of Minute Man National Historical Park
Major John Buttrick House (across from the parking lot for the North Bridge Visitor Center)
1:00 p.m.
Join Nikki Walsh, Museum Services Northeast Region of the National Park Service, for a presentation of various artifacts found throughout the park, from Concord to Lincoln to Lexington. See the artifacts and learn the stories behind where the items were found and the use of them in their historical context.
Saturday, October 21st and 28th
Halloween Tales
Hartwell Tavern
5:30 p.m. Lantern Walk (designed for children 7 and under)
7:00 p.m. Story telling (appropriate for 7 and above)
Celebrate Halloween with The Guild of Historic Interpreters! Join us at 5:30 p.m. for a spooky lantern walk down the Battle Road Trail to meet the spirits of 1775. Starting at 7:00 p.m. gather at the barn for an even spookier selection of ghost stories from Old and New England. Please bring a flashlight for the walk from the Hartwell parking area to the barn behind Hartwell Tavern.

Saturday, November 11th
Honoring Sacrifice
North Bridge
11:00 a.m.
November 11th is “Veterans’ Day” when we honor the service and sacrifice of all the brave Americans who serve or have served in our country’s military. Join park staff, volunteers and veterans at North Bridge to learn about America’s first soldiers, the minute men. Veteran volunteers will share thoughts on service, and the role of veterans in preserving our history.
WWI, Concord and The Wayside
The Wayside: Home of Authors
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
On Veterans’ Day, commemorate the U.S.and Concord involvement in WWI Discover the involvement of Concord residents in the war, including Margaret Lothrop, the last owner of The Wayside, and her involvement in the Red Cross in France. Tour The Wayside.
To learn more about this and other park offerings of Minute Man National Historical Park during this centennial year of the National Park Service, including the Junior Ranger program, The Wayside, ranger-led tours, and upcoming special events stop by the Minute Man Visitor Center at 250 Great Road, Lincoln, MA, or contact Minute Man National Historical Park at (978) 369-6993, or visit www.nps.gov/mima.





Last updated: September 5, 2017

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