Ride along the historic Battle Road while your costumed guide recounts the exciting events of April 19, 1775 and the literary legacy that defined American identity and culture.
Lexington Visitors Center – Starting location for Liberty Ride, located close to restaurants and shops, offers diorama of the Battle of Lexington, information, hospitality, unique gifts and souvenirs, and public restrooms.
Lexington Battle Green – Site of the Minute Man statue and one of America’s oldest war memorials where the Lexington militia confronted 900 British Regulars as the sun rose on April 19, 1775.
Minute Man National Historical Park
- “The Road to Revolution,” a moving multimedia presentation and exhibits at the National Park Visitors Center
- Paul Revere’s Capture Site, where the famous “midnight ride” came to an abrupt end.
- Hartwell Tavern, a historic home and tavern brought to life with living history demonstrations. (limited handicap accessibility)
- Battle Road Interpretive Trail.
- Meriam’s Corner, terminus of the Battle Road trail and place where British Regulars first came under fire as they retreated to Boston
- North Bridge, where colonial militia men were first ordered to fire upon British Regulars. See Daniel Chester French’s Minute Man statue, the grave of British soldiers, and other battle monuments.
- North Bridge Visitors Center at Buttrick Mansion features exhibits detailing the events in 1775, an information center and bookstore located in a home built by the descendants of Major John Buttrick, the Colonial officer who gave the command to fire at the North Bridge.
Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, National Heritage Museum
The Museum contains one of the finest Masonic collections in the United States. It hosts touring exhibitions relating to American history as well as ticketed programs and performances. The research center is available to the public.
Lexington Historical Society Houses
- Buckman Tavern, where the Lexington militia gathered the night before the Battle, $$
- Hancock-Clarke House, Paul Revere and William Dawes’ destination on the night of April 18, 1775 to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock of the coming of British troops. $$
- Munroe Tavern, British headquarters and field hospital. Learn about the role of the British in the retreat. President Washington really dined here in 1789. $$
The Belfry – Exact reproduction atop Belfry Hill from where the original bell sounded the alarm of April 19, 1775.
Orchard House – home of Lousia May Alcott and her family, and setting for the beloved Little Women.$$
Colonial Inn – Historic landmark and functioning inn at the heart of the village green, was part of the events of April 19, 1775 and was later home to Henry David Thoreau.
The Wayside – Home to the Alcotts, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Margaret Sidney. $$
Old Manse – Home of Minister William Emerson, his grandson Ralph Waldo Emerson, and the honeymoon home of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne. $$
Emerson House – Where Ralph Waldo Emerson, foremost 19th century literary figure, lived and wrote from 1835 until his death in 1882. Original furnishings and family memorabilia are on display. $$
Concord Museum – Holds a nationally significant historical collection including the famed Revere lantern, Emerson’s study and Thoreau’s Walden desk. Hands-on family activities and period rooms. $$
Concord Visitor Center – Located close to restaurants and shops, offers information, guided walking tours of Concord and public restrooms.