Welcome! The Friends of Minute Man Park proudly supports Minute Man National Historical Park in Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord, Massachusetts. For more than 50 years this historic park has told
the story of why the shots ‘heard round the world’ were fired on April 19, 1775.



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Buttrick Garden lies on the banks of the Concord River in Massachusetts, where in April of 1775 the first shots were fired in the American Revolution. Major John Buttrick was, in fact, the military leader who first ordered militia to fire upon the British at the North Bridge. “Fire, fellow soldiers, for God’s sake fire!” he is quoted as saying. At the time the war broke out, Buttrick was a well respected farmer whose family had resided in Concord for more than a hundred years.

According to articles in the 1950s and 1960s in National Geographic and Better Homes and Gardens magazines, the Buttrick garden was sublime, with peonies, day lilies and more than 200 varieties of bearded iris, many propagated by Buttrick himself. According to the accounts, the blue and white Buttrick irises appeared in a number of American and British flower shows. The Buttrick Garden is still a focal point of the Park and worthy of a visit to experience the color and fragrance yet the garden is in need of restoration, renewal and nourishment to bring it back to its original slendor.

Join us for an elegant evening to raise funds for garden maintenance.



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