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Minuteman National Historic Park - Massachusetts
July 2012
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Not to be confused with the Minuteman
Missile NHS in South Dakota, the
Minute Man National Historical Park is
the unusual battlefield for the start of the
American Revolution. Established in
1959, the park protects 970 acres of
historical buildings and structures
associated with the beginning of the
Revolutionary War between the US and
We went with Marcie's sister, Lin, and nephew, Nick to explore the park, some history and
enjoy a picnic on a beautiful summer's day. Above, Lin stands in sight of the North Bridge
reading the inscription on the Obelisk. The Obelisk is considered to be the country's first
memorial to its war casualties. Concord's North Bridge, where on April 19, 1775, colonial
commanders ordered militia men to fire back at British troops for the first time. In his 1837
poem, "Concord Hymn",  Ralph Waldo Emerson immortalized this battle as "the shot heard
round the world". Right, Lin, Nicks and David pose in front of Daniel Chester French's
well-known Minute Man Statue of 1875.
Who were the Minute Men?

Minute Men were different from the militia in the several ways:
1.While service in the militia was required by law, minute men were volunteers.
2.The minute men trained far more frequently than the militia. Two or three times per week was common. Because of this serious
commitment of time, they were paid. One shilling per drill was average. Militia only trained once every few months (on average) and
were paid only if they were called out beyond their town, or formed part of an expedition.
3.Minute Men were expected to keep their arms and equipment with them at all times, and in the event of an alarm, be ready to
march at a minute's warning - hence they were called "minute men."

The "guerilla" tactics of the colonials coupled with their intimate knowledge of the local terrain, aided them significantly in their battle
against the British.
April 19th, "Patriot's Day",  is still celebrated as a state holiday each year in Massachusetts. The
world famous Boston Marathon is traditionally run on this day.
An artist captures the historic scene
on canvas
Nick found the historic trees to be great for climbing and the less historic benches
great for catnapping. There are trails throughout the park and an auto route which
meanders along the "Battle Road Trail" through the towns of Concord and
Lexington following the path and retreat of the British as they sought to maintain
order in colonies.
An old graveyard in Concord, MA. Right, he
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in
Concord held its first meeting in 1636...just
16 years after the landing at Plymouth by the
The Hartwell Tavern situated along the Battle Road Trail was an interesting stop. An authentic,
restored  inn, the tavern provided a unique look at a roadside stop for travelers heading to and from
Boston in the 18th century. The docent, decked out in tricorn hat and period costume, was very
knowledgeable and happy to provide information about the tavern and the times.
The Wayside was home in turn to authors
Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne,
and Margaret Sidney.
Further along the trail, the restored home
of Captain William Smith, commanding
officer of the Lincoln Minute Men. A
mile marker reminded us how close we
were to Boston.
The Visitor's Center
provided an excellent
orientation film and a good
overview of the historical
events which occurred here.
Above,an illustrated
"Midnight Ride of Paul
Massachusetts is a cradle of history and
liberty for the USA. There's so much to
see and we've only grazed a tiny surface.
We walked parts of Boston's Freedom
Trail in the past, but it would be great to
do it again  with "new eyes" (and a digital
camera). Next time!

We did manage a trip to the
Armory NHS. Interested in taking a look?