Tour the Battle of Lexington and Concord

March 13, 2024

Historic Image of the Battle of Lexington and Concord

 

The Battle of Lexington and Concord marked the first battle of the American Revolutionary War. Let’s talk more about the battle and the historic sites where key events took place.

When was the Battle of Lexington and Concord? 

On the night of April 18, 1775, British troops marched from Boston to Concord to ruin the colonist’s plan of rebellion. However, Paul Revere and other riders were able to sound the alarm, warning residents that the British were coming. The actual battle took place on April 19, 1775, and spread out through both Lexington and Concord. 

reeanactment photo of the british in the battle of lexington and concord

Who won the Battle of Lexington and Concord? 

When the British troops marched into Lexington, they came face-to-face with a militia of 77 men. From there, a shot rang out (although it is a point of discussion on who fired the first shot). The British, in fear of these rebellious militia, marched on towards Concord. Once the British troops arrived in Concord, they were soon surrounded by 400 Minutemen from Concord and surrounding towns. The British troops then retreated to Boston, passing through Lexington again where vengeful Minutemen ambushed them.

After the Battle of Lexington and Concord, many Patriots swarmed to join the fight. In 1783, America finally won freedom from the British Monarchy.

Lexington Sites of the Battle of Lexington and Concord 

For history buffs who are interested in seeing the locations where the actual battle took place, take a tour of Lexington’s memorable sites during that fateful day in 1775.

Hancock-Clarke House

John Hancock and Sam Adams were residing at Jonas Clarke’s home when Paul Revere arrived at midnight on April 19, 1775. This is when he said the famous words “The Regulars are out,” meaning that British troops were on their way. Now, the Hancock-Clarke House is operated by the Lexington Historical Society; visitors will discover period furnishings and portraits. 

The house is closed for the season, set to reopen on April 6. Learn more information about their tours. 

The Belfry

photo of the belfry tower in lexington

On April 19, 1775, The Belfry, on Lexington Battle Green, sounded the alarm that told the Lexington militia that the British were coming. Unfortunately, the original structure was destroyed by a hurricane in 1909. However, the Lexington Historical Society erected a replica in 1910. This bell rings every Patriots’ Day, commemorating all the colonists who fought the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

Buckman Tavern

photo of the buckman tavern

On the morning of April 19, 1775, Captain Parker and his colonial militia gathered in the Buckman Tavern waiting for the British troops to arrive. This tavern is now a museum where visitors can view galleries.

Learn more information about touring the Buckman Tavern.

Lexington Battle Green 

Lexington Battle Green is where the battle began, right in the early morning hours of April 19, 1775. Captain Parker lined up his Patriot men on this battleground as they watched the British soldiers marching toward them. About 77 men were a part of this militia that fought the British. The Lexington Battle Green grounds are viewable all year. 

Munroe Tavern

When the British retreated to Boston after the Battle of Lexington, they took shelter in the Munroe Tavern. It operated as a temporary hospital and headquarters for British General Earl Percy and his 1,000 men. The Lexington Historical Society owns this tavern, but it is temporarily closed to the public for the season. Munroe Tavern will open its doors again starting April 6; learn more about how you can tour the historic tavern.

Learn More about the Battle of Lexington and Concord

If you’re interested in discovering more about the Battle of Lexington and Concord, take a trip to the Visitors Center, where you’ll find a full Diorama of the Battle of Lexington and Concord. Head to the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum where you’ll find texts like the Minuteman Newspaper. Sign up for a Battle Green Tour or Liberty Trolley Tour to get a full scope of Lexington’s historic monuments during the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

Unearth Lexington’s Revolutionary history and visit today!