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“History Alive”

Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in Lincoln
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Reviewed April 16, 2013

Start your self directed tour at the Minuteman National Park visitor center which is located in Lincoln, MA. They have a nice multimedia presentation called the Road to Revolution. There is a little shop to purchase items of yore, as well as clean bathroom facilities. Before you go check out the National Park Service website to see what events are planned in order to make the most of your day. From here you can either walk a trail to the Hartwell Tavern or hop back in your car. Here's where planning helps. Sometimes the Tavern is closed and other times there are reenactors on hand who will welcome you in and tell you about that time in history. You may get lucky to see a musket demonstration, too!
From there we typically hop in the car and head over to the Old North Bridge, though I believe you can continue to walk it. If you have the time and energy also check out the visitor center where a cool cannon is housed.
If you love to learn about our nation's history, this is a great place to visit!

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Reviewed April 15, 2013

This whole area is rife with historical info regarding the day that America began as a separate nation, breaking with England in a thrilling running battle stretching some 16 miles from Concord to Charlestown, with the battle getting more fierce with each passing mile. It is thrilling to actually "experience" the sites and events of Day One in America!

There are numerous historical sites, tourist information displays, and beautiful old homes you can step into and experience history "up close and personal".

For what amounts to a very modest fees, you get a whole lot of entertainment and education all in one.

This is definitely a "must see", even if you have to travel to get here!

Thank George_Moosie_W
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

At a spacious and busy park visitor center on US 2A, we picked up a park brochure/map, saw an informative park video, and saw a huge mural of battles between colonists and British troops. At the Hartwell Tavern, a park ranger in colonial clothing gave a talk about revolutionary period citizen-soldiers and showed how to load and fire a flintlock musket. The beautiful colonial era tavern itself was located on the park’s historic, unpaved Battle Road, which we’d have hiked happily had we arrived before noon. Its rooms displayed the common artifacts and scant creature comforts of daily colonial life. It’s hard to imagine raising a family in it while also farming and running a public tavern! We were delighted with our entire visit here.

Thank mainemountainbear
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Best start at the visitor center with the multimedia history of the events on April 19th 1774. It's brought very lively. The walk down the "Battle Road Trail" has quite a lot of statues and plaques which we learned about in the movie. With a little imagination you can feel how the British soldiers must have felt being sniped at from all sides during their retreat. But be warned, if you walk the entire trail you'll have to walk it the whole way (5.5 miles) back. And there's absolutely nothing there to have a drink or something to eat. There are restrooms at both ends..

Thank GeertM50
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

This is a historical attraction where you can walk the ground where Paul Revere rode and where the battles were fought. Not very much development but had several statues, plaques, and historic buildings. We listened to a cell phone tour and saw a short movie and display at the North Bridge Visitor Center. The bigger South Visitor Center was closed for the season and opened the day after we were there. The famous minuteman statue was located at the North Bridge, not Lexington like I thought it would be.

It's run by the Park Service and free.

Thank TravelerMan96
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