Minutemen National Historic Park
Minute Man National Historic Park preserves the sites of the battles of Lexington and Concord, where the American Revolution began on April 19, 1775. The night before, Paul Revere rode out from Boston and had two lanterns displayed in the steeple of Old North Church to signal to the patriots that 700 British regulars were going to cross the Charles River and march to Concord to confiscate colonial military stores and equipment. Revere was eventually captured on his midnight ride, but the word had been spread, and the colonists were ready. Colonial militia composed of “minute men” skirmished with the redcoats on the Lexington Green, fired the “shot heard round the world” and ultimately repelled the British at the North Bridge in Concord, and harassed the redcoats as they retreated down Battle Road and were pushed all the way back to Charlestown. These sites are immortalized, along with the surrounding landscape and colonial-era houses that stood witness to the history that happened around them.
- Have a conversation with an in-costume park staffer about the importance of the historic event
- Take a peak inside a colonial-era house and learn first hand what it was like to live in this era
- Enjoy the different statues and read about their significance