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Minute Man

National Historical Park - Massachusetts

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 protects 970 acres (392.5 ha) in and around the Massachusetts towns of Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord.


Official visitor map of Minute Man National Historical Park (NHP) in Massachusetts. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).Minute Man - Visitor Map

Official visitor map of Minute Man National Historical Park (NHP) in Massachusetts. Published by the National Park Service (NPS).

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https://www.nps.gov/mima/index.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minute_Man_National_Historical_Park 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 protects 970 acres (392.5 ha) in and around the Massachusetts towns of Lexington, Lincoln, and Concord. At Minute Man National Historical Park the opening battle of the Revolution is brought to life as visitors explore the battlefields and structures associated with April 19, 1775, and witness the American revolutionary spirit through the writings of the Concord authors. Minute Man National Historical Park is located just off of I-95, exit 46B (old exit 30B), Rt 2A west, starting in Lexington, then west through Lincoln and into Concord. Hartwell Tavern Hartwell Tavern was a well-known stop for travelers on the Bay Road in Lincoln. On April 19, 1775 the British column passed by here on their way to Concord and again during their fighting retreat to Boston in the afternoon. Three of the Hartwell sons, including John and Isaac who lived here, fought as minute men. The tavern is run as a historic site featuring living history interpretation and musket firing demonstrations. Minute Man Visitor Center Minute Man Visitor Center lobby and bookstore are open and restrooms are available from the outside of the building. "The Road to Revolution" multimedia presentation is not available. From I 95/Rt 128 take exit 30B, Rt 2A West. You will go through two sets of lights and see signs that you are entering the park. Continue on Rt 2A West for about a quarter of a mile. You will pass by Minute Man Visitor Center on your right. Continue for approx. 100 yards and the parking area is on your right. If you pass the Paul Revere Capture Site you have gone too far. North Bridge Visitor Center Located about 500 yards from the North Bridge battle site. Here you can see exhibits about the battle, watch a short film, get park information and shop in the park store. Car From I-95/Rt 128 take exit 30 B, Rt 2A West. Continue on Rt 2A. for approx. 3 miles. Bear right onto Lexington Road. Continue for approx. 3 miles to Concord Center. Take a right onto Monument St. Parking for North Bridge is 0.5 miles on the right. North Bridge Visitor Center: In Concord Center, take a right onto Monument St. Continue for approx. 1/2 a mile. Cross the River and take a left on Liberty St. The North Bridge Visitor Center is at the top of the hill on your left. Concord Minute Man By daniel Chester French The embattled farmer stands guard over North Bridge, Concord. Captain William Smith House Located on Battle Road, the Smith House was home of Captain John Smith of the Lincoln Militia. The Smith House is a witness to the days events of April 19, 1775. Fifler a women in colonial clothes plays the fife. A fifer at the annual William Diamond Muster at the Minute Man Visitor Center North Bridge A wooden bridge spans the Concord river as people walk and canoe paddlers gluide under the bridge North Bridge, Concord Massachusetts Living History! A company of armed minute men stand in formation along a dirt road with the officer out in front. History comes alive! The Battle Road Trail A narrow dirt track runs through green fields shaded by large trees. Walk in the footsteps of history NPS Recognizes Concord Fire Department for Saving Historic Structure Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, Massachusetts, can count on the local Concord Fire Department. The park has relied on the department’s expertise twice to save The Wayside: Home of Authors, in 2012 and again in 2014. Fully functional fire detection and suppression systems; annual inspection, testing, and maintenance; a working relationship with the department; familiarity with the building; and proper safety planning during renovation saved the building. Concord Fire Department Patriots' Weekend 2019 This year marked the 244th anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts. As the tradition has been since Massachusetts declared the third Monday of the Month as “Patriot’s Day” visitors turn out to experience the offerings in Minute Man National Historical Park as well as area communities which were involved on that day in 1775. Men dressed as British soldiers from the Revolution secure a building Celebrating 60 Years at Minute Man National Historic Site On September 21, 2019, Minute Man National Historical Park celebrated its 60th anniversary with a weekend of events focused on the community, the arts and the story of the park's creation. The park was recognized beyond the local area, with a proclamation read on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives which added to the excitement of the special day. Two people, one in uniform, hold a document NETN Species Spotlight - Your Flowers, Shrubs, and Plants Native species - birds, insects, plants, etc - need our help. When planning your yard layout, consider adding some valuable native plants to the mix. Red maple flowers NETN Species Spotlight - Wild Turkey Wild Turkeys are one of the most iconic species in America. They have a long, and as it turns out, mythic history. Wild Tom Turkey. Wayne Dumbleton. NETN Species Spotlight - Hermit Thrush The Hermit Thrush's ethereal song is a mainstay of summers in the Northeastern U.S. But climate change could mean its song will only be heard north of the border if warming continues unabated. A Hermit Thrush perches on the forest floor. National Park Forests - More Than a Pretty Picture A study led by NETN shows that eastern National Park forests hold greater complexity and ecosystem function that the surrounding forest. A forest tech measures the size of a tree. Species Spotlight - Red Crossbill The Red Crossbillis one of the most unique and specialized birds of North America. Learn about their traits and habits, and how you may encounter a flock of them during this irruption year. . A Red Crossbill sits on a conifer tree. Patriots’ Day 2017 Patriots’ Day, the annual celebration of the events of April 19, 1775 has just concluded. Minute Man National Historical Park schedules numerous events over three consecutive weekends, which together are called Patriots’ Weekend. Along with National Park Week, April kicks off the park season with this unique Massachusetts event. Reenactors in period costumes fire guns. Citizen Science in the Digital Age With well over 100 citizen-science based apps now available for smartphones, there is no lack of opportunity for people of all ages and affectations to significantly add to the collective knowledge base about many aspects of the natural world. The phrase “there is an app for that” has perhaps never been more true for natural resource monitoring. Students use microscopes to identify pond species at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP Bioblitz. Designing the Parks: Learning in Action The Designing the Parks program is not your typical internship. Each year since 2013, this program at the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation has introduced a cohort of college students and recent graduates to NPS design and planning professions through projects related to cultural landscape stewardship. In the internships, made possible by partner organizations, participants focus on an in-depth project that directly engages with a national park unit. A group of young people stand on forest trail and listen to two maintenance employees NETN Species Spotlight - Ruby-throated Hummingbird The ruby-throated hummingbird is the only bird of that species that makes its home east of the Mississippi. Learn more about this remarkable bird. A hummingbird feeds on a flower Horticulture Students from Minuteman High School Revitalize Gardens at Historic Buttrick Mansion in Concord and are filmed for “This Old House” CONCORD - Students in the Horticulture and Landscape Technology program at Minuteman High School in Lexington recently had a unique opportunity to use their technical skills outside the classroom. They helped restore the gardens at the historic Buttrick mansion in Concord, where they were filmed by the Emmy Award- winning PBS television program, “This Old House.” The broadcast featuring the Minuteman students is tentatively scheduled to air in late 2017. Students and a teacher pose with tools for an outside photograph. Independence Day at Minute Man National Historical Park Minute Man National Historical Park celebrated Independence Day with a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Park volunteers, rangers and hundreds of guests from around the country made it a point to be at North Bridge for the annual reading of the document which announced that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as independent sovereign states, no longer under the rule of Great Britain. Men in 18th century garb stand in formation for an event. Fire Prevention 52: Hot Work, San Francisco Maritime Hot work is any type of work that can produce a source of ignition when combustible material is present. This includes welding, torch cutting, soldering, and work done with tar kettles. Building fires caused by this type of work are quite common, and have occurred in San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park and in Yellowstone. Includes link to NPS hot work permit form. close view of welding tools in action with a flame NPS Geodiversity Atlas—Minute Man National Historical Park, Massachusetts Each park-specific page in the NPS Geodiversity Atlas provides basic information on the significant geologic features and processes occurring in the park. Links to products from Baseline Geologic and Soil Resources Inventories provide access to maps and reports. [Site Under Development] dawn at north bridge NETN Species Spotlight: Monarch Butterfly The monarch butterfly is a majestic insect. Mimicry, migration, and metamorphosis all help to make it the true king of butterflies. But it's numbers have been dropping dramatically in recent years. Learn more about this amazing species and how you can help to save it. Monarch butterfly on a Meadow Blazing Star plant NETN Species Spotlight: Japanese Knotweed Japanese knotweed is a very robust invasive plant species. Learn why it spreads so readily outside of its native Japan, and how the NPS and other groups are trying to control it. Japanese knotweed plant NETN Species Spotlight: Acorn Barnacle Barnacles may at first glance appear to have the most boring of lives. But dig a little deeper into these crafty crustaceans, and you'll learn they are among the most fascinating of seashore creatures. Barnacle feeding close-up NETN Species Spotlight - Northern Short-tailed Shrew The northern short-tailed shrew seems like an impossible mash-up of different creatures. From venomous saliva to echolocation, this tiny predator employs many tactics to satiate an endless appetite. Short-tailed Shrew The Positive Side of Zero For something that essentially represents "nothingness", the number zero carries a lot of weight when collecting data. a stone zero What’s the Buzz? How Bees Interrelate with Birds, Wildflowers, and Deer Ecosystems are complex and intricate and sometimes have a surprising web of relationships. Learn how deer, bees, birds, and wildflowers connect in the park ecosystems of the northeast. A bee pollinates a wildflower Wild, Wacky, and Weird Weather. What the? A look at the difference between weather and climate. A Vermont blizzard. NETN Species Spotlight - Fisher The fisher is a very capable predator of northeastern forests. Learn about the ways this large member of the weasel family makes its living. A large male fisher sitting Species Spotlight - White Ash White ash trees are an integral part of the forests of the Northeast, and they are under grave threat of ceasing to exist as a mature canopy species in the near future. The culprit is a tiny invasive insect called the Emerald Ash Borer. Learn more about the current state of ash trees in the region, and learn how to help slow the spread of this destructive forest pest. White ash seedling Species Spotlight - Giant Hogweed Giant hogweed is a particularly nasty intruder across much of the country. Find out how the NPS looks for it in parks, and what to do if you spot one in your yard. A person is dwarfed by a giant hogweed plant. NETN Species Spotlight - Eastern Coyote The eastern coyote is a new predator on the scene. But where did it come from and why is it so much larger than its western cousins? Learn about how this animal came to be and the important ecological niches it is filling in the Northeast. A coyote stares at the camera. Patriots' Weekend 2018 Patriots' Weekend at Minute Man National Historical Park for April 2018. John McConnell leads march of patriot and redcoats to North Bridge, Concord, MA. Lessons Learned from a Decade of Forest Health Monitoring in NETN After more than 10 years of monitoring forest health in NETN parks, plant ecologist Kate Miller shares here knowledge and insights and current forest conditions and tips on long term forest management. A forest glade Fire Prevention 52: A Fire Ignites and Threatens to Claim a Historic NPS Structure At The Wayside: Home of Authors, in Minuteman National Historical Park, sparks from a welding operation ignited a fire on the exterior of the historic structure. However, quick action by employees effectively using a fire extinguisher stopped the fire in its earliest stages. Includes links to NPS hot work policy and permit form. Great Walden BioBlitz 2019 was a huge success The Great Walden BioBlitz was a collaboration between The Walden Woods Project, Minute Man National Historical Park, the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, and local naturalist Peter Alden. More than 243 individuals participated using the iNaturalist app, citing 4,175 observations with 1,092 species identified. An additional 110 invited biologist and naturalists compiled their observations with pen and paper and will add to the total observations for the July 6, 2019 event. Picturing Parker's Revenge Battle Site Just hours after the first shots of the American Revolution were fired on the town green in Lexington, Captain Parker led his company back into the fight. Where did this take place? This question formed the basis of a multi-year project, involving archeologists and volunteers with the NPS and the Friends of Minute Man National Park. The investigation changed what we thought we knew about the battle. This year, new exhibits allow visitors to share in this discovery. A British regular soldier reenactor in a red coat addresses a crowd, standing in a wooded area NETN Field Note: Deer, Worms, and Invasives When too many deer, earthworms, and invasive plant species work i concert, detrimental effects happen to the health of northeastern forests. Forest health monitoring NETN Species Spotlight - Turkey and Black Vultures Vultures have the thankless job of cleaning the environment up of dead animal carcasses. Learn how they are able to do it without getting sick from deadly bacteria. Close-up of a Black Vulture. Doug Greenberg. NETN Species Spotlight - Sharp-shinned Hawk About the size of a Blue-Jay, Sharp-shinned Hawks are aerial acrobats and are the smallest of three North American agile hawks known as the accipiters (ah-sip-it-ers). Learn more about this amazing and oft misunderstood hawk. Sharp-shinned Hawk perched on a branch NETN Species Spotlight - Snowshoe Hare Snowshoe hare are perfectly adapted to their cold, snow environments. Even so, a warming climate and a complex predator/prey relationship has a large influence on their overall population. The enormous hind feet of snowshoe hare. NETN Species Spotlight - Ruffed Grouse Ruffed Grouse have evolved many effective and surprising traits that allow them to survive northeastern winters. Ruffed Grouse displaying Lucas Bobay Structural Fire Prevention: Protecting Our Ghosts Many threats make managing our cultural resources challenging, especially fire. Article details the 1982 electrical fire at Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt. The Northeast Region became the first to establish a regional structural fire program manager position. NPS has more than 1,330 historic properties and a collection containing more than 105 million items. The NPS cannot underestimate the threat of structural fires to our cultural resources, let alone the risk to employees. photos of exterior building serious damage from an electrical fire in 1982 NETN Species Spotlight - Short-tailed Weasel The short-tailed weasel is as energetic as it is resourceful. It has had a reputation of being both virtuous and vile over the centuries. Find out more about the amazing capabilities of this slender member of the weasel family An ermine in full white. NETN Species Spotlight - Paper Birch The Paper Birch is undeniably a tree of the north woods. Entwined in lore and legend, it has been a key part of ecosystems and cultures since well before the time of the Neanderthals even. Paper birch trees in winter. Revolutionary War Garfields Lexington and Concord was the first battle of the American Revolutionary War. Find out how an ancestor of President Garfield was involved in the battle. picture showing soldiers in the battle of Lexington and Concord NETN Species Spotlight - Serviceberry Though it goes by many names, the serviceberry tree is much loved by people and birds alike. Learn more about one of spring's first bloomers and why you should plant one in your yard. Serviceberries ripening. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Nathaniel Hawthorne Though Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Nathaniel Hawthorne graduated together as members of Bowdoin College’s class of 1825, the friendship between the two men truly started in 1837. They would remain friends and literary colleagues the rest of their lives. Engraving of young man looking down in profile Stone Walls of Minute Man NHP Article about stone walls in Concord, MA Intrusted to a Letter Harry Dana procured a unique assortment of letters from the American Revolution, largely related to George Washington’s time in his Cambridge headquarters. Now collections of Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site. these letters provide insight into what people chose to “intrust to a Letter." signature block of letter Husking Parties in Concord, Massachusetts “ The season was cheerful, the weather was bright, when a number assembled to frolic all night.” - Jacob Baily, Loyalist Poet Although Halloween was not celebrated near Concord, Massachusetts until late in the 19th century, the locals did have festivities referred to as “husking parties,” and “frolics.” Many people gather in a large open barn filled with hay to husk corn. Archeology ABCs Coloring Book Archeology paints a colorful picture of the past! Download and print this full coloring book packed with archeological objects from A to Z! Title page for coloring book entitled Archeology ABCs Coloring Book Invasive Species at Minute Man NHP An explanation of invasive species and invasive species list for Minute Man NHP in Concord, Massachusetts. Purple loosestrife clouds the riverside landscape with the North Bridge in the background. Geology Of Minute Man NHP A history of the geology of Minute Man National Historical Park and the geological implications for the battle of Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775 Wetlands - Minute Man NHP A brief explanation of the types of wetlands found within Minute Man National Historical Park. A frog with amber eyes sits on a log in a vernal pool. Forests at Minute Man NHP A brief overview of the history of forest management, clear cutting and return in and around Minute Man NHP. A maple tree behind a rock wall Minuteman and Minute Man In 1958, the US Air Force named their newest nuclear missile system in honor of the Revolutionary War Minute Men of Lexington and Concord. Learn more about why this name matters. Captain Parker statue at Lexington Green in front of a Minuteman Missile, 1960 Species Spotlight - Puffballs Puffballl mushrooms offer many joys - from stomping on them as children to eating them fried with butter. Learn more about this natural history of this fascinating fungi. Puffball emitting spores. "The Dust of Many a Hard-Fought Field" - Place Attachment and Agriculture at Minute Man The "embattled farmers" of 1775 were firmly rooted in the soil of New England. This sense of place was intimately tied to their understandings of liberty and identity. They were among a long line of people to call this home, going back thousands of years. A farm field in autumn. Trees showing autumnal colors National Park Service Commemoration of the 19th Amendment In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment the National Park Service has developed a number of special programs. This includes online content, exhibits, and special events. The National Park Service’s Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems (CRGIS) announces the release of a story map that highlights some of these programs and provides information for the public to locate and participate. Opening slide of the 19th Amendment NPS Commemoration Story Map Series: National Park Service Geodiversity Atlas The servicewide Geodiversity Atlas provides information on <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/geoheritage-conservation.htm">geoheritage</a> and <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/geodiversity.htm">geodiversity</a> resources and values all across the National Park System to support science-based management and education. The <a href="https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1088/index.htm">NPS Geologic Resources Division</a> and many parks work with National and International <a href="https://www.nps.gov/subjects/geology/park-geology.htm">geoconservation</a> communities to ensure that NPS abiotic resources are managed using the highest standards and best practices available. park scene mountains Plant Profile: Hawthorn at Minute Man National Historical Park This botanically unique hawthorn tree has stood for over 160 years in front of the library at The Wayside, which was home to multiple authors over the years. Half its branches bloom with double wihite flowers, and about a week later the back half of the hawthorn blooms single white flowers with pink stamens. Minute Man National Historical Park has established a propagation plan to preserve the Hawthorne hawthorn for future generations. Small white flowers and pale green leaves cover the crown of a hawthorn tree beside a house. All Hope is Not Lost – Parks plan strategically to treat invasive plants Managing invasive plant species can seem like an endless and insurmountable challenge, but parks are using a new strategic collaborative tool to protect their most valuable resources. Four photos show invasive plants spreading over an area during 12 years "boldly defending the cause of his Countries rights:" Daniel Hemenway's April 19 Wound In this article, historian Joel Bohy tracks down the name of a militiaman who suffered a debilitating wound on April 19, 1775, and his efforts to secure a pension for his sacrifice. A colonial minute man with a knapsack and blanket firing a musket in the woods A Tale of Two Cannons Two bronze cannons named “The Adams” and “The Hancock” once stood in the chamber at the top of the Bunker Hill Monument. Learn about their journeys from active cannons during the Revolutionary War to artifacts visited by thousands today. Two cannons hanging parallel to windows inside the top of the Bunker Hill Monument Mary Hartwell and the Alarm on April 19, 1775 Mary Flint Hartwell has a prominent role in local lore about the events in the early hours of April 19, 1775. The most vivid version has her carrying the alarm to Captain William Smith in the middle of the night, thus ensuring the his company of Lincoln Minute Men would be ready to face the enemy. Historian Don Hafner explores the origins of this story to uncover the historical truth. Person in colonial clothing with a lantern approaches a wooden house at night. Species Spotlight - Cecropia Moth Cecropia moths are the largest moth in North America. Their fascinating one-year life cycle is one of the most amazing transformations known to nature. Face of a male cecropia moth.

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