Witnesses to Revolution: Battle Road Open House

Witness April 19, 1775 from the buildings which stood that day
Smith House, Lincoln, MA


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News Release Date: September 8, 2017

Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-318-7833

CONCORD, LINCOLN, LEXINGTON, MA. On Saturday, September 16th, Minute Man National Historical Park highlights multiple living history programs in the restored historic homes that were witnesses to the events along the Battle Road on April 19, 1775. Check out what we have for you:
Whittemore House (Lexington) – Multiple programs throughout the day:
  • “Hands-on 1775: Kids of all ages try on colonial clothing, select ingredients for a meal, and organize your day! 
  • The British Redcoat”: A British soldier will be there throughout the day describing the experiences of being far from home and now in a battle in 1775. Talks and musket firing at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:00 pm. 
  • “Battle Site Exploration: Parker’s Revenge”: Explore the site where Captain John Parker and the Lexington militia fouth the British for the second time that day. 3:30 p.m.
Captain Smith House (Lincoln) - The Lincoln Minute Men will demonstrate colonial clothing, good and music.. Open 10 am – 4 pm.
Hartwell Tavern (Lincoln) - The home of Ephraim and Elizabeth Hartwell was a prosperous farm and tavern in 1775. Enjoy multiple programs throughout the day:
  • See demonstrations of different trades that were part of life in 1775, including gunsmithing, wood working, tailoring, and spinning.
  • "Muster with the Minute Men!"  Discover what it meant to be a minute man in 1775. Participate in a militia muster and be challenged to master REAL battle formations from 1775. The program includes a musket firing demonstration. 10:15, 1:15, 3:15, and 4:15
  • "Battle Site Exploration Bloody Angle":  Explore one of the key battle sites of April 19, 1775 with a park ranger. 2:15 p.m.
The Wayside: Home of Authors (Concord) -   Wander through the house lived in by the Alcotts, the Hawthornes, and the Lothrops. You may meet the teenagers who grew up here: the young Louisa May Alcott in the 1840s, Hawthorne’s daughter Rose in the 1860s, and Margaret Lothrop in 1904. Author Harriett Lothrop will be on hand to talk about her books. Free.
Join us from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Start your visit by picking up a park map,a schedule, and Junior Ranger programs at Minute Man Visitor Center on Route 2A near the I-95 interchange in Lexington , or at North Bridge Visitor Center, 174 Liberty Street in Concord. Walk, drive, or ride your bike from house to house. All events are free and open to the public. 

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, or contact Minute Man National Historical Park at (978) 369-6993, or visit www.nps.gov/mima.


Last updated: September 8, 2017

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