MMNHP Significance |
Man National Historical Park is located 22 miles outside of Boston within the
towns of Lexington, Lincoln and Concord, Massachusetts. The park commemorates
the opening battles of the American Revolution on April 19, 1775 by protecting,
preserving and interpreting the significant historic sites, structures, landscapes,
events and ideas embodied by these events.
decade-long political feud between the British government and the American colonists,
determined to retain their rights as British subjects, came to a devastating climax
as British regulars clashed with colonial militia and minute men on April 19,
1775 at Lexington, Concord’s North Bridge and on the long, bloody road back to
Boston. The fighting that began that day soon grew into a war for independence
that lasted more than eight years. Many years later, Ralph Waldo Emerson used
the phrase “the shot heard round the world” to describe the significance of this
The story of Minute Man is more
than just the events that took place at Lexington Green, Concord’s North Bridge,
or along the Battle Road in 1775. Minute Man encompasses the story of an evolution
of the ideals of freedom and liberty, new notions of cultural independence and
citizen responsibility. These ideals led to an American literary revolution the
following century, introducing Concord authors, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David
Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott and Ralph Waldo Emerson.
ideals of both the American Revolution and 19th Century literary revolution continue
today and serve as an inspiration to people throughout the world.
Minute Man National Historical
Headquarters are located at the North Bridge Visitor Center
174 Liberty Street,
Concord, MA 01742
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