Battle Road 2016 Events - March and April 2016
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 5, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the Old State House,
Boston. Further information will be posted on the Bostonian Society Calendar.
Road Colonial Muster – Saturday March 19, 2016 – Hartwell Tavern,
Minuteman National Historic Park, from 9:00 am. All colonial
participant and all those wishing to serve as picquet
interpreters, please plan to attend.
Battle Scenario at Endicott Park, Saturday March 26, 2016, Danvers, MA - A “warmup” event for local re-enactors, this is
a daytime wargame with 18th Century rules.
POSTPONED to APRIL 9th. Dress
Rehearsal for the Battle on Lexington Green - Sunday, April 3, 2016 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 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm.
Contact: Lexington Minute Men via email.
Events April 9th:
- Bedford Parade and Pole Capping - Saturday, April 9,
2016 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, and British
soldier will arrive to disrupt the festivities.
Contact: The Bedford Minuteman Company.
- Meriam's Corner Exercise - Saturday, April 9, 2016 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 9, 2016 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. Contact: Lexington Minute Men via email.
Revere Capture Ceremony - Saturday, April 9, 2016 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.
Oliver House, Middleborough, MA – Saturday April 9, 2016. Tours and
events in support of preserving this pristine 18th Century
ROAD EVENTS SATURDAY April 16th, 2016:
- Please note:
The "Battle Road" event will focus on Parker’s
Revenge, near the Route 2A Visitors Center and the Whittimore
House in Lexington.
- “Armed as
According to Law.” – Captain David Brown’s
Company of Minute Men: 8 a.m. to noon, North Bridge, Concord; 1 to 5 p.m.
Concord Museum. Visit North Bridge and Concord Museum and see Capt. David
Brown’s Company, a nearly full strength recreated minute company,
demonstrate drill maneuvers and musket firings. Learn about militia duty
in colonial Massachusetts and what it meant to be “armed as
according to law.”
- Life on the Battle
Road: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Hartwell Tavern and Captain William
Smith House, Lincoln. Hartwell Tavern and the Capt. William Smith House
will be open. Park staff and living history volunteers from the Lincoln
Minute Men, the Guild of Historic Interpreters, and the Ladies of Refined
Taste will be demonstrating various aspects of life in Massachusetts at
the beginning of the American Revolution.
Revenge Scenario - Saturday, April 16, 2016: The Lexington Minutemen are called
to arms by Captain Parker at 10:00 am on Lexington Green, marching to the
battle site for a 1:30 pm salute near Fiske Hill, Lexington, followed by a
tactical scenario along the historical road near the Whittemore
House at 2:00 pm by British and Colonial soldiers. Contact: Lexington Minute
Men or Minute Man National
- Jason Russell House in Arlington will be open for tours on Saturday April 16, 2016 from 1:00
pm to 4:00 pm. Contact the Arlington
Historical Society for further
- Re-enactors assemble at Munroe
Tavern, Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 3:00 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 16, 2016 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 17, 2016
from 12:00 to 4:00 pm: Battle Re-enactment and open
for house tours. Contact the Arlington
- Warlike Preparations at the Barrett Farm, Col. James Barrett House, Barrett's
Mill Road, Concord, Sunday April 17, 2016, 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 17, 2016 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.
Robbins’ Ride – Sunday afternoon, April 17th: Beginning at 5pm at the Robbins’
Home site at 112 Concord Rd. in Acton, an alarm rider on horseback will spread
the alarm around Acton that “the Regulars are out of Boston” and
shots will be fired at 4 historic properties along the route to commemorate the
historic events of April 19th, 1775. The rider will stop at 4
commanders’ homes during the one-hour event. At Acton’s historic
Faulkner Homestead, Colonel Faulkner himself will come out in his bedclothes
and fire 3 signal shots into the air, followed by 3 more distant shots, and
then 3 more, showing how the alarm was spread. For more information, see Robbins Ride.
& Muster of the Lincoln Minute Men - Sunday, April 17, 2016 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 17, 2016 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 Lexington
- Paul Revere's Arrival in Lexington - Sunday, April 17,
2016 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 18th:
- Stow Minutemen Patriots Day Trail March - Monday,
April 18, 2016 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 18,
2016 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 18, 2016 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
Breakfasts - Monday, April 18, 2016 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 18, 2016 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 18, 2016, 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 18, 2016 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 18, 2016, 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 18,
2016, 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 18,
2016 starting at 9:00 am in Concord
Center. Contact: Concord
Chamber of Commerce via email or at 978 369-3120.
- Lexington’s Patriots Day Road Race,
starting at Lexington Green at 10:00 am.
- Patriots' Day Handbell
Concert of American Music - Monday April 18, 2016, 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 email@example.com.
Russell House Battle Open House, April 18, 2016 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Contact the Arlington
Revere's Arrival at Lexington Green - Monday, April 18, 2016, 1:00 pm in Lexington center. Contact: Lexington Town Celebrations Committee,
781 862-0500 x708
- Ride the Patriots Day Trolley - Monday, April 18, 2016 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 Historical Society.
- Lexington Patriots Day Parade, Monday April
18, 2016, stepping off at 2:00 pm – Massachusetts Avenue through East Lexington
and Lexington Center.
- Sudbury March to Concord - Tuesday, April 19, 2016 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 - Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 6:00 am at Minute Man
National Historical Park, Monument Street, Concord
The Concord Minute Men, the Concord Independent Battery and the Old Guard
Fifes and Drums observe the opening battle of the American Revolutionary
War in a moving musket and cannon salute to America's past. Following
this, join Park staff and volunteer for a wreath laying and historical
Contact: Minute Man National Historical Park
- Arrival of the
Sudbury Militia, North Bridge, Concord,
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 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.
- Battle Road Heroes at the Hartwell Tavern Parking
area - Saturday, April 23, 2016 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 24, 2016 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.