Best 5 Revolutionary War Sites in New England
Norman Desmarais frequently escapes into the 18th century for reenactments, Colonial fairs, heritage days, school presentations, and talks. He’s the author of The Guide to the American Revolutionary War series, a six-volume set covering almost 4,000 battles, raids, and skirmishes of the American War for Independence on the East Coast and the frontier. Here he picks the 5 best revolutionary war sites in New England.
Minute Man National Historical Park
Minute Man National Historical Park encompasses land in Concord, Lincoln, and Lexington, Massachusetts, and commemorates the opening battles of the Revolution in 1775. The majority of the park is a narrow strip of land on either side of Battle Road, with the Minute Man Visitor Center, just off I-95 in Lexington, at one end and the North Bridge Visitor Center, outside Concord, at the other. Among other events, the bridge is the site of a 21-gun musket and cannon salute each year at 6:00 a.m. on the anniversary of the battles, April 19. And on Patriots’ Day (observed in Massachusetts and Maine on the third Monday in April, this year the 21st), the Lexington Minutemen reenact the first engagement at dawn on Lexington Battle Green. nps.gov/mima/index.htm
The Freedom Trail is a self-guided walking trail (about 2½ miles) that connects many Revolutionary War sites in Boston. It begins at the Common and ends at Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown (below). Along the way, visit Faneuil Hall (the scene of many protest meetings against Parliamentary acts); the Old South Meeting House (where the Boston Tea Party began); the Old State House (site of the Boston Massacre); the Old North Church; Paul Revere’s house; and the U.S.S. Constitution, among other stops. The route is marked with red bricks or a painted red line along the walkway. Guided tours are also available. thefreedomtrail.org
Fort Griswold State Park