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“Could have been better”
Review of Buckman Tavern

Buckman Tavern
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$57.00*
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Ranked #4 of 19 things to do in Lexington
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Buckman Tavern is closed for the Season. We will be re-opening in March of 2016. This Historic Tavern is one of the few colonial era buildings still standing around the Battle Green and was used by the Lexington Militia on April 19th, 1775 as a gathering place. It is now a Museum with self-guided audio tours. Sorry for any inconveniences.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
Haifa, Israel
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Could have been better”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

The visit in Buckman Tavern raised a lot of expectations to see some original history, but left me a bit disappointed.
You pay 8 dollars and you enter to the tavern with a guide. she was nice, and knew how to tell the story of the battle of Lexington, but the problem was that we have already heard the story from the guide the stood in Lexington green (fro free). I felt like the way of guidance in this site didn't take advantage of the place it is located in. I also felt there is no opportunity to look around without the guide (for example, take a look at the rifle exhibition that they have there).
And, our local host, who came with us, told us that the new way of guidance in the tavern neglected the small interesting anecdotes about the place and the artifacts (and indeed, during the tour he needed to remind the guide about some things an only then she told us about them).
To sum up, It is definitely a tour for history lovers (because there is almost no talking about the tavern itself in the old days). The story of the battle can be heard outside of the tavern for free, or in a nice multimedia presentation (also free) in the Minute Man National Park Visitor Center.

Visited August 2013
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LHSOC, Guest Relations Manager at Buckman Tavern, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
Thank you for your feedback. We constantly re-evaluate and update our museum interpretation and have made an effort in recent years to focus less on artifacts and more on the personal stories of our historic characters. I am glad you were able to hear about some of the objects by asking the guide. Please visit us again in 2014 after our restoration, when we will have more exhibits and interpretive experiences at the Tavern.
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Wheelersburg, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
“See American History!”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

Our first stop in Lexington was at Buckman Tavern. The staff was very friendly and our tour guide got us through so we could make the next tour. It is very interesting to see the place and hear about all of the history that occurred there. Neat to see the door where a musket ball went through. Right across from the Lexington Green, this site gives you a great feeling of experiencing the Revolution. If in the area, this is a must see.

Visited July 2013
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LHSOC, Guest Relations Manager at Buckman Tavern, responded to this review, August 8, 2013
Thank you for your response and positive feedback! We are glad you enjoyed your tour of the Tavern and recognized the special history the building has. We are proud to make this great landmark and site of American History accessible to all.
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Providence, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“don't bother”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

Really not worth the time. I was really disappointed. But later I heard they were closing down to redo the whole building, so it may have been just them just waiting to close.

Visited July 2013
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Austin, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Experience history...”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

Great tour with knowledgeable staff. A very nice little gift shop with some great books. This house has sooo much history.

Visited August 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A "Must See" Location”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

Buckman Tavern sits on the green at Lexington and it was here the militia men waited for the British soldiers who were advancing towards them on April 18, 1775. It takes us back to the very beginning of our country and is very interesting. You can see the bullet hole in the original door where a musket ball came through during the small battle that took place on the green. Unfortunately, children can no longer put their finger in the hole as my children were able to do years ago, but it is understandable that so much touching was detrimental. I think it is a "must see" for all Americans to teach them about the great sacrifice that brought about the beginning of our country.

Visited July 2013
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