By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.
-Ralph Waldo Emmerson, “Concord Hymn”
While Mom and I were in Massachusetts last year for the Patriots game, we had a full day to sight-see beforehand and one of the first things we did was to visit Minute Man National Historic Park. For anyone who doesn’t know what or where that is, it’s a National Park located in the area of Lexington and Concord, MA that is devoted to commemorating the opening battle of the American Revolutionary War, including Paul Revere’s famous ride and the Old North Bridge, where the first shots were fired.
The Minute Man Visitor Center was already closed for the season (I’ll never get used to seasonal closures that seem to be the norm during winter in the North), so we went to the North Bridge Visitor Center instead. After checking out the bookstore, we walked down to the Old North Bridge, which is where the famous shots were first fired on April 19, 1775. The bridge itself isn’t the original, but rather a replica located in the exact same location. On each side of the bridge are memorials – the 1836 Memorial Obelisk, the 1875 Minute Man statue by Daniel Chester French, and the plaque to mark the graves of the British soldiers.
Sadly, it was too chilly and windy for us to walk the entire 5-mi Battle Trail Road, but if I were to ever be back in the area during warmer months, I would definitely add that to my to-do list 🙂