We will start the tour on Lexington Green, one of the best known landmarks of that fateful day when the American Revolution began. We will recount stories about that day that are not well known, like the house where Paul Revere was told to be quite as he was spreading the alarm. We will then head toward Concord, making several stops along the way at locations with many other surprising tales that may be contrary to what you might have learned in school. In Concord we will visit the Old North Bridge and learn about heroic and tragic events that took place at the bridge and surrounding area. On the return leg we will visit several little known but very significant sites with their own stories to tell. We will complete the adventure where we started, on Lexington Green, to talk about the horrific British retreat to Boston. I hope that guests will gain a new appreciation of that historic day, when a group of poorly trained and poorly equipped, but highly motivated farmers and tradespeople stood up to the greatest military force in the world.
I have lived in the Minuteman area of Massachusetts for over 50 years and I have become totally immersed in the history of the Battle of Lexington and Concord, a pivotal event in American History. My interest led to the production of three LPs of period music for the Bicentennial. To prepare these albums I scoured the local libraries and historical societies for information. My research has led to many fascinating discoveries about the events of the day. I would like to share these with you, including anecdotes, secrets, stories, legends and popular misconceptions that I uncovered. I think you will be surprised and entertained by these tales that don't often get told.
I will drive from site to site in a car or van depending on the number of participants.
We will be visiting a dozen sites of significance in Lexington, Lincoln and Concord, some well known (Lexington Green, Old North Bridge) but some often overlooked (Merriam's Corner, Bloody Angle, Fiske Hill, Hayward's Well, Minuteman Boulder, others) plus one site I will not name because the name will give away it's surprising story. Time permitting, we will also stop at the historic Concord Inn for some refreshments midway on the tour.
Secrets of Lexington and Concord