Battle Road 2015 Events - March and April 2015
Unless noted, there is no
charge to attend any of the events below. Every effort has been made to create
an accurate events list, but please verify dates, times and locations with the
Boston Massacre Re-Enactment -
Saturday, March 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Old State House,
Boston. Further information will be posted on the Bostonian Society Calendar.
Saturday, March 15, 2014, at the National Heritage
Museum, 33 Marrett Road (intersection
of Route 2A and Massachusetts Avenue), Lexington, MA:
12:00 noon: Gallery Talk, Journeys and Discoveries: The Stories Maps Tell - In anticipation of Matthew Edney’s lecture at 2 pm, Polly Kienle,
Public Programs Coordinator, will lead this gallery talk focused on
Revolutionary War-era maps from the Museum’s collection. While London
mapmakers published views of the American colonies and towns where British
soldiers and colonists fought for territory, other maps of North America
reflected power struggles between European nations as well as Native American
nations’ lessening influence on the continent. Free.
2:00 pm, Matthew Edney, Osher Professor in the
History of Cartography at the University of Southern Maine - General Hugh, Earl
Percy's Use of the Map of New England during the American Revolution: How did British
officers know the landscape of New England at the start of the revolution,
whether strategically, tactically, or logistically? This public lecture
considers the evidence provided by the annotations made on Hugh, Earl Percy's
personal copy of the standard map of New England, together with the variety of
maps available in the period, to outline the distinct kinds of geographical knowledge
possessed by the British military in Boston in 1774-1775. This program is part
of a series related to the Museum and Library’s collection of historic
maps. It is free thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Ruby W. and LaVon P. Linn Foundation.
Events April 11th:
- Bedford Parade and Pole Capping - Saturday, April 11,
2015 at 10:30 am at Wilson Park in Bedford
Minutemen from throughout New England will convene on the Town Common and
march with fife and drum down The Great Road to Wilson Park to watch the
official Pole Capping tradition. A minuteman will proclaim freedom by
shinnying up a 25-foot pole and placing a red cap atop it.
Contact: The Bedford Minuteman Company.
- Meriam's Corner Exercise - Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm
at Meriam's Corner, Lexington Rd., Concord
The town of Concord, joined by area minute companies and Minute Man
National Historical Park, commemorate the fight at Meriam's Corner that
sparked the six-hour running battle back to Boston.
Man National Historical Park
Dress Rehearsal for the Battle on Lexington
Green - Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm on the
Battle Green, Lexington Center.
This is the dress rehearsal
for the Patriots Day reenactment of the skirmish of April 19. 1775. Rain date: Saturday, April 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Contact: Lexington Minute Men via email.
Revere Capture Ceremony - Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm, Paul Revere
Capture Site of Minute Man National Historical Park, Route 2A, Lincoln.
The Minute Men march down Battle Road and narrate the story of
Revere’s capture at the actual site. Hear Revere, Samuel Prescott,
William Dawes, Mary Hartwell, even Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Music,
dramatic reading and musket fire in the Park. For all ages.
Contact: Lincoln Minute Men.
ROAD EVENTS SATURDAY April 18th, 2015:
- Please note:
The "Battle Road" event will focus on Parker’s
Revenge, near the Route 2A Visitors Center and the Whittimore
House in Lexington.
- Sudbury March to Concord - Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 3:45 am in Wayland center and 5:45 am in Sudbury
Show your fortitude and love of our history with this annual march through
Wayland and Sudbury to Concord, arriving at the North Bridge at
approximately 11:30 am. Contact: Sudbury
Companies of Militia and Minute
Salute at the North Bridge - Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 6:00 am at Minute Man
National Historical Park, Monument Street, Concord
The Concord Minute Men and the Concord Independent Battery observe the opening
battle of the American Revolutionary War in a moving musket and cannon
salute to America's past. Following this, at 7:30 am, join Park staff and
volunteer for a wreath laying and historical speeches.
Contact: Minute Man National Historical Park
- "Armed as According to
Law," A Living History Event presented by Minute Man NHP and Concord
Museum, featuring Captain David Brown's Company
at North Bridge, Concord, April
18, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. In 1775, how were companies of
minute men armed and trained? What did they actually look like? Visit
North Bridge and you will have the opportunity to see a full-strength
minute company (about 40 men), meticulously researched and fully armed and
equipped "as according to law," to use a much-used phrase from
the period. This event will feature drill and musket firing
demonstrations. Visitors are also encouraged to visit Concord Museum and
see the actual artifacts in their new exhibit about April 19, 1775.
- Arrival of the
Sudbury Militia, North Bridge, Concord, April
18, 2015, 11:30 a.m. (approximately). The Sudbury Companies of
Militia and Minute will make their annual march to North Bridge from the
Town of Sudbury, in honor of their fellow townsmen who made a similar
march on April 19, 1775. They will fire three musket volleys from North
Bridge as a soldierly salute.
Revenge Scenario - Saturday, April 18, 2015: The Lexington Minutemen are called
to arms by Captain Parker at 10:00 am on Lexington Green, then march to the battle site for a 1:30 pm salute near
Fiske Hill, Lexington. The
actions of Captain Parker's militia following the April 19, 1775 morning
skirmish will be honored. Contact: Lexington Minute
Men or Minute Man National
- Jason Russell House in Arlington will be open for tours on Saturday April 18, 2015 from 1:00
pm to 4:00 pm. Contact the Arlington
Historical Society for further
- Re-enactors assemble at Munroe
Tavern, Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at Munroe Tavern,
Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington. British troops arrive on the
retreat from Concord and occupy the Tavern, tending to their wounded and
planning their next steps. The
Tavern will be open for tours.
- Tower Park Battle - Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Munroe Tavern and Tower
Park on Massachusetts Avenue in Lexington. A battle in the American
Revolution will be demonstrated for the public in this natural
Contact: Lexington Minutemen or the Tenth Regiment of Foot.
Russell House, April 19, 2015
from 12:00 to 4:00 pm: Open for regular house tours. Contact the Arlington
- Warlike Preparations at the Barrett Farm, Col. James Barrett House, Barrett's
Mill Road, Concord, Sunday April 19, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00
In 1775, Colonel James Barrett
of Concord was responsible for safeguarding all the military supplies in
town and his house was searched by British soldiers during their mission
to Concord. Visit the Barrett House and learn about the intense military
preparations that helped launch America into the Revolutionary War. To see how the Save our
Heritage team restored this American historical treasure, visit www.jamesbarrettfarm.org.
- The Lincoln Salute: A Concert of 18th Century Fife & Drum Music -
Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 2:00 pm to 3:30
pm, Pierce Park, Lincoln
The Lincoln Minute Men will host a concert of 18th century fife and drum
music, hosting fife and drum groups from as far away as Michigan. Stirring
and fun. Bring your picnic and lawn chairs for rousing entertainment.
& Muster of the Lincoln Minute Men - Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm, Lincoln Center
The Lincoln Company of Minute Men will reenact what
happened just after midnight on April 19, 1775. Captain William Smith will
arrive by horse to ring the bell of the White Church and spread the alarm
that the British Regulars are coming. The Lincoln Minute Men will muster
to receive their orders for the march to Concord. The event will include a
horse rider, historical explanations, colonial music, a musket salute, and
lots of Revolutionary commotion.
Contact: Lincoln Minute Men
Their Own Words" – Sunday evening, April 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm at Pilgrim Church, 55 Coolidge Ave, Lexington,
MA; Members: $7 adults/$3 children, Non-Members: $10 adults/$5
children; Tickets available 10-4 daily at the Buckman
Tavern Museum Shop starting April 5, or by calling 781-862-1703.
A dramatic reading of the events of April 18th and
19th, 1775, from period documents and writings from those who were
there. Contact The
Lexington Historical Society for additional details. (email
- Paul Revere's Arrival in Lexington - Sunday, April
19, 2015 at 11:30 pm at the Hancock/Clarke House on Hancock
Street, Lexington, MA,
1/8th mile west of Buckman
Tavern and the Green. Contact: Lexington
DAY MONDAY April 20th:
- Stow Minutemen Patriots Day Trail March - Monday, April
20, 2015 at 4:15 am in Stow
The Stow Annual Trail March and Parade starts from Stow Lower Common. The air is cool and quiet, but not for long as the sounds of the
fifes and drums and the firing of the muskets awaken the townsfolk
along the route. The Minutemen arrive at the North Bridge around 9 am then
join up with the Concord parade.
Contact: Stow Minutemen
- Col. John Robinson Trail March - Monday, April 20,
2015 at 4:45 am in Westford
Every year members of the Westford Colonial Minutemen walk the route
travelled by the Westford militia and minute companies as they answered
the alarm on April 19th, 1775. The public is in invited to join them in
the 10-mile walk that ends at Concord's North Bridge. Contact: Westford Minutemen.
Battle on Lexington Green - Monday, April 20, 2015 at 5:30 am in Lexington center.
This event recreates the historic
skirmish in Lexington on the first day of the American Revolution.
Following the ringing of the bell in the Old Belfry, members of the Lexington Training Band (now known as the
Minutemen) gather on Lexington Green to await the column of British
Regulars as they march into the town center. A shot rings out, the
skirmish follows, and the British column marches on towards Concord leaving
dead and wounded behind.
see the Town of Lexington’s Schedule
of Events for important details and restrictions on backpacks, large
containers and ladders.
Breakfasts - Monday, April 20, 2015 in
Brigid Church, 2001 Massachusetts Avenue, sponsored by Boy Scout Troop
160. 6:00 am to 10:00 am. Nominal cost.
Baptist Church, 1580 Massachusetts Avenue (across from the police
station). 6:00 am to 10:00 am. Nominal cost..
of Our Redeemer, 6 Meriam Street. 6:00 am to 9:00 am. Nominal cost.
- Isaac Davis March to Concord - Monday, April 20, 2015 at 6:00 am at the Isaac Davis Homestead, 37 Hayward Road,
Acton. The Acton Minutemen will make their annual march to the North
Bridge in Concord, arriving at 9:00 am, where they will lead the fight
against the British regulars across the Old North Bridge. Contact: The Acton Minutemen
- Lincoln Minute Men Dawn Tribute and the March to
Concord - Monday, April 20, 2015, outside Bemis Hall, 15 Bedford Road, Lincoln, 6:40
am. The Lincoln Minute Men will salute the patriots
buried in the Old Meetinghouse Cemetery. Roll
call is read, fifers play a lament, minute men mysteriously emerge from
the morning mists in the cemetery, and a musket salute is fired. The Minute Men begin their march along Sandy Pond Road.toward Concord with colonial music and musket
fire. All ages welcome to walk along. The Concord Parade steps off at 9:00
Contact: Lincoln Minute Men
Sunrise Youth Parade - Monday, April 20, 2015 starting at 7:30 am at Munroe Cemetery driveway, Massachusetts
Contact: Lexington Town Celebrations Committee, 781 862-0500 x708
- Commemoration of the Battle at North Bridge - Monday
April 20, 2015, from 8:00 am.
The peace of the Concord countryside will once more be shattered musket
fire as British and colonial reenactors, park rangers and volunteers
commemorate the fateful morning of April 19, 1775 - the first time that
colonists were ordered to fire upon British soldiers that became known as
"the shot heard 'round the world."
Man National Historical Park
Arms Ceremony at British Graves, North Bridge, Concord - Monday April 20,
2015, approximately 8:30 am: Prior to the Concord
Parade, British Regulars from the King's Own 4th Regiment of Foot,
Tenth Regiment of Foot,
and First Foot Guards will Mourn Arms and salute the
fallen soldiers of the 4th at Old North Bridge.
- Concord's Patriots Day Parade - Monday, April 20,
2015 starting at 9:00 am in Concord
Chamber of Commerce via email or at 978 369-3120.
- Patriots' Day Handbell
Concert of American Music - Monday April 20, 2015, 11:15 am to 12 noon, Hancock Church, 1912 Mass
Ave, Lexington (the stone church across from the Battle Green).
You’ll find yourself swaying to upbeat music of America, including
patriotic favorites, spirituals, ragtime, marches and more. The music
is rung on 5 octaves of English handbells by
ringers of all ages in a program that is light-hearted and
family-friendly. Suggested donation is $3 per person. The sanctuary is
handicapped accessible. Come sit down and enjoy this fun concert carefully
timed to follow the morning Road Race. Contact: 781-862-4220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Jason Russell House Battle Open House, April 20,
2015 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Contact the Arlington
Revere's Arrival at Lexington Green - Monday, April 20, 2015, 1:00 pm in Lexington center
Contact: Lexington Town Celebrations Committee, 781 862-0500 x708
- Ride the Patriots Day Trolley - Monday, April 20, 2015 from 1:00
pm to 4:00 pm: Park at Acton's Town Hall and ride on one of the three
Patriots Day trolley to the Hosmer House, the
Jones Tavern and the Faulkner Homestead to a day filled with
entertainment, games, crafts, animals, 18th and 19th century
demonstrators, storytellers, and tours of historic buildings. $5.00 per
adult / $3.00 per child includes admission to historic properties and
trolley ride. Contact and more info: Acton
- Lexington Patriots Day Parade, Monday April
20, 2015, stepping off at 2:00 pm – Massachusetts Avenue through East Lexington
and Lexington Center.
- Patriots & Heroes: an American Pantheon in Music
- Monday, April 20, 2015, 8:00 pm at the
Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church in Cambridge: The Boston Camerata, a historically accurate early music ensemble
in Boston will be presenting an anthology of American songs from the young
republic in their original forms, around the themes of freedom, union, and
renewal in the New World. Anne Azéma and
The Boston Camerata are joined by the Middlesex
Volunteers Fife and Drums and members of The Revels. After the
concert, the audience will be invited to participate in traditional early
American dances and songs. Further information at www.bostoncarmerat.org.
Family Program: Get to Know Our Flag, Wednesday, April
23, 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm, at the National Heritage
Museum, 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA: April is a great month for flags!
This family program explores the origins, history, legends and myths of the
American flag. With the Museum’s historically significant 15-star flag as
a backdrop, participants will enjoy hands-on activities. Bring family and
friends to discover some surprising April flag history. $5/family (members);
$7/family (non-members). No registration necessary for this approximately
Family Program: The
Lexington Alarm, Thursday, April 24, 2 pm, at the National Heritage
Museum, 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA: Each year at this time, the Museum
displays an exciting piece of American history, the Lexington Alarm
Letter. Written on April 19, 1775 by a citizen of Watertown to
notify the American colonies near and far that war had begun, the letter still
conveys the urgency of the shocking news. Families are invited to work together
on hands-on, minds-on activities that explore the moment and the world in which
this document was set down. Appropriate for ages 8 through adult. $6/family
(members); $9/family (non-members). No registration necessary for this
approximately 1.5 hour program.
- Battle Road Heroes at the Hartwell Tavern Parking
area - Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Minute Man National
Historical Park, Route 2A, Lincoln. Tours leave every 15 minutes.
Listen to the personal stories
of residents who lived along the Battle Road on April 19, 1775. Join the
Guild of Historic Interpreters for a special evening of theater and
history. Appropriate for ages 8 and up. Admission: $5.00 per person,
$10.00 per family. Children wearing their Junior Ranger Badges may attend
the program for free.
Man National Historical Park
- Old Burial Ground Tribute, Lincoln, MA - Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 2:00 pm, the Lincoln Minute Men will assemble at
the Pierce House and at 2:30 pm march to the Town Cemetery on
Lexington Road. The Minute Men will be accompanied by clergy, honored
guests, and a contingent of British Regulars accompanied by a bagpiper.
There will be gravesite ceremonies honoring both the Lincoln patriots of
the Revolution and the five British soldiers who were killed in Lincoln on
April 19, 1775, and buried there. The ceremonies will include prayer, a
commemorative speech, colonial music, and musket salutes. Following the
ceremonies, the Minute Men and their guests will march back to the Pierce
House, where refreshments will be served to all, courtesy of the Lincoln Historical Society. For further information, contact
the Lincoln Minute Men at email@example.com.