OUT AND ABOUTLast week we visited Lexington and Concord Massachusetts, the birth place of the American Revolution. Our first stop was at the visitor center in The Minute Man National Park where we watched "The Road to the Revolution," a multimedia theater production and then hit the wonderful gift shop.
The five-mile "Battle Road Trail" between Lexington and Concord, which includes a restored colonial landscape approximating the path of the running skirmishes between British troops and Colonial militia, a monument at the site where Paul Revere was captured during his midnight ride, and the Hartwell Tavern, a restored 18th-century inn and house on the Battle Road. The Battle Road Trail winds through fields and forests and is accessible from several different parking areas
Our first stop, is the Paul Revere capture site.
Next Hartwell Tavern, is was built in 1732-1733 and it sits on the actual "Battle Road." It is called a "witness house," as it stood at the time of the revolution.
What remains of the Samuel Hartwell house. The park built the structure to protect what remains after a fire destroyed the house.
And for a moment of nature, beautiful cows enjoying a beautiful Spring day.
A favorite stop was at The Wayside. The Wayside is the home to a young Louisa May Alcott and later one of my favorites Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Next we head to Concord's North Bridge, the site of "the shot heard 'round the world,"
The Minute Man Statue
We also visited Walden Pond, where Henry David Thoreau lived for two years.
A replica of Thoreau's little cabin (that he lived in on the north shore of the pond starting the Summer of 1845) stands near the visitor center and charming gift shop.
Both Lexington and Concord are very charming towns in their own right. And there was more than enough time to do a little shopping.
I love to see charming old stores still in operation. The Pharmacy was a pit stop for some post cards.
I LOVE the shutters on this insurance company building; they have little minute man silhouettes on every shutter.
One little side trip was to The Gingerbread Construction Company in Wakefield. Although they don't offer houses in the warm weather months (a little too humid for them to retain their shapes) we picked up some gingerbread cookies.
And right next door is a Honey Dew Donuts Shop. Talk about one stop shopping!
It was a great week, we were able to enjoy meals at some of our favorite New England staples;
The weather was perfect and the crowds were light.