Minute Man National Historical Park
Hartwell Tavern 2.jpeg
Hartwell Tavern, Lincoln, Massachusetts (November 2019)
Map showing the location of Minute Man National Historical Park
Map showing the location of Minute Man National Historical Park
Map showing the location of Minute Man National Historical Park
Map showing the location of Minute Man National Historical Park
LocationMiddlesex County, Massachusetts, US
Nearest cityLexington, Massachusetts, US
Coordinates42°27′11″N 71°17′55″W / 42.45306°N 71.29861°W / 42.45306; -71.29861Coordinates: 42°27′11″N 71°17′55″W / 42.45306°N 71.29861°W / 42.45306; -71.29861
Area967 acres (391 ha)
EstablishedSeptember 21, 1959
Visitors1,002,833 (in 2011)[1]
Governing bodyNational Park Service
WebsiteMinute Man National Historical Park
Map of the Minute Man National Historical Park.
Map of the Minute Man National Historical Park.
The Minute Man statue adjacent to the North Bridge, by Daniel Chester French, 1874
The Minute Man statue adjacent to the North Bridge, by Daniel Chester French, 1874

Minute Man National Historical Park commemorates the opening battle in the American Revolutionary War. It also includes the Wayside, home in turn to three noted American authors. The National Historical Park is under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service and protects 970 acres (392.5 ha) in and around the Massachusetts towns of Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord.

Sites

At this site also stands Daniel Chester French's well-known The Minute Man statue of 1874.[2] Across the North Bridge, opposite The Minute Man statue is the Obelisk Monument. The Obelisk is believed to be the country's first memorial to its war casualties. Close by is the grave of the two regular army soldiers killed at the bridge and the Old Manse.

Park visitor centers are located at the hill overlooking the North Bridge and along Battle Road. The main visitor center, on Route 2A/Battle Road, features a 25-minute multi-media show, "Road to Revolution" that gives a good introduction to the Lexington-Concord events. An eight-minute film at the North Bridge Visitor Center provides a comprehensive account of events leading to the encounter at North Bridge.

Personnel

The park's lead interpreter is Jim Hollister, who joined its ranks in 2002.

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ "National Park Service Visitor Use Statistics". National Park Service. Retrieved October 6, 2012.
  2. ^ Yeo, Douglas. "Daniel Chester French: The "Concord Minuteman"". Retrieved 2009-10-31.