Minute Man National Historic Park, Massachusetts
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At Minute Man National Historical Park the opening battle of the Revolution is brought to life as visitors explore the battlefields and structures associated with April 19, 1775, and witness the American revolutionary spirit through the writings of the Concord authors.
Start your tour at the Minute Man Visitor Center with viewing of "The Road To Revolution". The program depicts Paul Revere's Ride and the battles at Lexington Green, North Bridge and along the Battle Road. After leaving the visitor center, explore the Battle Road Trail. This five mile trail connects historic sites from Meriam’s Corner in Concord to the eastern boundary of the park in Lexington. Much of the trail follows original remnants of the Battle Road; other sections leave the historic road to follow the route of the Minute Men, crossing farming fields, wetlands, and forests.
The decade-long political feud between the British government and the American colonists came to a climax as British regulars clashed with colonial militia and minute men on April 19, 1775 at Lexington, Concord's North Bridge. The fighting that began that day soon grew into a war for independence that lasted more than 8 years. Many years later, Ralph Waldo Emerson used the phrase "the shot heard round the world" to describe the importance of this event.
The revolution that began that day continues to serve today as an inspiration to people throughout the world.