Lexington: Must-see Sites of the American Revolution
Located 11 miles northwest of Boston, Lexington, Massachusetts is an easy town to love. It was July when I arrived; the sun was shining, the sky was blue, and trees and greenery surrounded me. Lexington is a vibrant and historical town, filled with charming shops and restaurants and overflowing with history.
Lexington Battle Green
I began my walk back in time at Lexington Battle Green. Early on the morning of April 19, 1775, the British soldiers approached here and confronted members of the Militia, or Minute Men. To this day, no one knows who fired, but the first shot of the American Revolution took place on this historic green. There’s an obelisk located here, which is believed to be one of the oldest war memorials in the United States.
Next, I visited Munroe Tavern, which was built in 1735. It was here that the retreating Redcoats met reinforcements from Boston after the battles of Lexington and Concord, and used the tavern as a field hospital to treat the wounded. President Washington also dined here when he visited Lexington in 1789. During my visit, I witnessed a re-enactment by the British Tenth Regiment of Foot and the Lexington Minute Men, two organizations that represent those who fought on both sides the day of the battle.
Outside, the small yet beautiful colonial-style garden at Munroe Tavern is typical of those that would have been around at the time of the Revolution, and is made up of the kinds of flowers that would have been available to the 18th-century Boston gardener.
Minute Man National Historical Park
I wrapped up my day with a visit to Minute Man National Historical Park and took a stroll over the North Bridge, a site where the Militia and Redcoats did battle again. I visited Fiske Hill and Hartwell Tavern and saw various memorials for British soldiers and colonists killed during the conflict in 1775. I strolled along the Battle Road, a trail now frequented by runners, walkers and horseback riders.
Liberty Ride Sightseeing Tour
You’ll enjoy more than Revolutionary War history in Lexington. I hopped on the 90-minute Liberty Ride sightseeing trolley tour which took me past the historic houses and sites in Lexington and Concord, as well the home of Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Orchard House, where Louisa May Alcott penned “Little Women.”
I wish I had planned an extra night or two in Lexington to experience everything there is to see and do in this vibrant and historical town. This is a city not to be missed!