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In eastern Massachusetts, in Concord, Lincoln, and Lexington
Preserved here are the historic sites, structures, and landscapes associated with the events of April 19, 1775, and the beginning of the American Revolution. The North Bridge, Minute Man Statue, and Battle Road are global symbols of man's universal struggle for freedom and independence. The park also celebrates the 19th-century literary Renaissance at the Wayside, home of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, and Margaret Sidney. The Battle Road Trail winds through the area, while Hartwell Tavern explores the more raucous side of 18 -century life. The park was authorized on September 21, 1959.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Biking, canoeing (rentals in Concord), cross-country skiing (Battle Road Trail), hiking, picnicking, touring historic buildings and sites. Facilities: 2 visitor centers: Minute Man (Lexington) and North Bridge (Concord); interpretive signs, movie, self-guided tours, hiking trails. Bookstores, picnic tables. Programs & Events: Winter Lecture series (Feb.); Patriots' Day weekend (mid-Apr); ranger-led programs, colonial reenactments, fife-and-drum demonstrations, military encampments, musket firings (late May-Oct.). Tips & Hints: Begin visit by watching multimedia presentation at Minute Man Visitor Center. Busiest July and Oct., least crowded Dec.-Feb.
FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES
Hotels: None in park. In Concord: Colonial Inn (48 Monument Sq., tel. 978/369-9200 or 800/370-9200; 48 rooms, 8 suites; $175-$225, $300-$525 suites). In Acton: Concordian Motel (71 Hosmer St., Rte. 2E, tel. 978/263-7765; 45 rooms; $65). X Restaurants: None in park. In Concord: Colonial Inn (48 Monument Sq., tel. 978/369-2373; $8-$12), Papa Razzi (768 Elm St., tel. 978/371-0030; $8-$15), Walden Grille (24 Walden St., tel. 978/371-2233; $7-$10). 6 Groceries: None in park. In Concord: White Hen Pantry (1224 Main St., tel. 978/369-1434).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Entrance fee (The Wayside only): $4 adults, free ages 16 and under. No campfires or hunting. No horses or recreational vehicles on Battle Road Trail. Leashed dogs only. North Bridge Visitor Center open Apr-Oct., daily 9-5; Nov.-Mar., daily 9-4. Minute Man Visitor Center open Apr.-Oct., daily 9-5; Nov.-Mar, daily 9-4. The Wayside guided tours May-Oct., Thurs.-Tues. 9:30-5:30. Hartwell Tavern open May-Oct., daily 9:30-5:30. Battle Road Trail open daily sunrise-sunset.
HOW TO GET THERE
The park stretches between Lexington and Concord, along Rte. 2A and Lexington Rd. From 1-95, take Exit ЗОВ to Minute Man Visitor Center on Rte. 2A in Lexington. Closest airports: Boston (22 mi), Manchester, NH (40 mi).
Minute Man National Historical Park (174 Liberty St., Concord, MA 01742, tel. 978/369-6993, fax 978/371-2483). Concord Chamber of Commerce (100 Main St., Suite 310-2, Concord, MA 01742, tel. 978/369-3120).
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