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Minute Man National Historical Park played a key role in the colonies fight for independence. This 900-acre strip of land bridges across Battle Road on route 2A. It contains original segments of Battle Road used on April 19 1775.

Minute Man National Historical Park lies 22 miles outside of Boston within the towns of Lexington, Lincoln and Concord, Massachusetts. At the parks east end near US 95 is Minute Man Visitors Center and Concord near the west end with North Bridge Visitors Center. It’s at 58 Main Street, Concord, MA with a 25-minute multimedia presentation introducing events of Lexington and Concord in 1775.

North Bridge is west of Monument Street at the site ‘the shot heard round the world’ on April 19, 1775. North Bridge Visitors Center is the area of the battle between the British and the Minutemen at Old North Bridge.

North Bridge Visitors Center at 174 Liberty Street is a 1911 brick mansion of the colonial officer Major John Buttrick who first ordered his militia to fire upon British soldiers. The museum has a collection of artifacts from the skirmish, with a formal garden overlooking North Bridge.

Hours
Late March – late October
It is open daily 9:00 AM -5:00 PM
Late October – late November.
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Battle Road Trail is a 5-½ mile route in Concord, Lincoln and Lexington British soldiers used traveling from Boston to Concord. Troops marched to seize a supply of arms stored by colonists in Concord. Many battles were fought along the hilly 20-mile road in opening stages of the American Revolution.

Concord is a town of 17,668 population, Boston is 19 miles east, and Nashua NH is 23 miles north. A group of British settlers purchased six square miles of land from a local tribe, named ‘Concord’ due to its peaceful transaction. Lexington is where the first conflict of the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Lexington was fought on April 19, 1775. The town current population is 31,394.

Walden Pond State Reservation’s 400 acres is 0.2 miles south of route 2A at 915 Walden Street. This is the Walden Pond of Henry David Thoreau’s “Walden”. The pond is 102 feet deep with a trail circling, boating, fishing, and swimming permitted. A sign on the ponds north shore indicates the site where Thoreau built his cabin in 1845. Its grounds are open daily from dawn to dusk with an admission fee of $5 per vehicle.

Minute Man National Historical Park is a 6 hour drive of 390 miles from Rochester NY. Drive east on I-90 Thruway past Albany into Massachusetts, toward Boston. Nearing Worcester drive north on US 290 then US 495 north and east on Cambridge Turnpike (route 2) following signs into Minute Man National Historical Park.

Here is what one person thought about their visit.
“I can't say enough about it, we've been to parks all over this country, this was the best one yet. NO AMERICAN SHOULD MISS THIS!!!! “

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