"Lexington and Concord" Massachusetts Things to Do Tip by zChris

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  Old North Bridge
by zChris

Visit the quaint and important historic towns of <b>Lexington and Concord</b>. On April 5, 1775, these towns were the sites of the first battles in the American War of Independence, or th Revolutionary War. British troops were ordered to march to Concord that day to seize a stockpile of arms the colonial government had heard had been assembled by anti-British rebels. The troops set out from Boston, but were met by resistance from locals warned by rebel-affiliated riders from Boston, the most famous of whom were Paul Revere and William Dawes. The British defeated a small force assembled at Lexington Green, where was fired the 'shot heard 'round the world', the first military fire of the war. They then continued to Concord, where they were driven back by rebel forces at the Old North Bridge, which can be visited today. They were then harrassed by local <i>minutemen</i>, rural riflemen posted along roadsides, on their retreat back to Boston. A monument to them can be seen today in Lexington Green. Both towns today have very picturesque New England-style town centres and have preserved the original battlefields. Reenactments of the battles are held on April 5, Patriot's Day. Between the two towns, in the Minuteman National Historic Park, the original Battle Road between the towns has been restord to its 18th century appearance, and it can be walked or biked...through tone walls, fields, and old farmhouses. The towns became important literary centres in the 19th century and th homes of famous authors are sprinkled through them. For more information on Cocord, see my <a href='http://www.virtualtourist.com/m/.86134/12761/?s=n'>Concord page on VT</a>

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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