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Lexington Green, Lexington

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The Lexington Battle Green, properly known as Lexington Common, is the historic town common of Lexington, Massachusetts. It was at this site that the opening shots of the Battles of Lexington and Concord were fired on April 19, 1775, starting the American Revolutionary War. Now a public park, the common is a National Historic Landmark.HistoryUnlike many other towns, Lexington did not set aside a separate common area when the town was laid out. In 1711, the townspeople raised funds by subscription, and purchased 1.5acre of land as a militia training ground. This was enlarged by one more acre in 1722. The common is a triangular parcel of land, bounded by Massachusetts Avenue, Bedford Street, and Harrington Road, and is located just northwest of Lexington's commercial center. The Buckman Tavern, one of the area's busiest local taverns, stands across Bedford Street; it is also a National Historic Landmark.On April 19, 1775, local militiamen emerged from Buckman Tavern adjacent to the common and formed two rows on the common to face arriving British troops. The militiamen suffered the first casualties of the American Revolution when the two sides exchanged fire.
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  • To be at the place where our country started when 77 minute men stood against 900+ highly trained British soldiers is awe inspiring and mind boggling. Gerry in the visitor center is an excellent sourc...  more »
  • Don't wait til Patriot's Day in April to come to Lexington, MA. The history of the US was started on the Lexington green.  more »
  • We went to Lexington Green while in the Boston area for Thanksgiving weekend. The weather was perfect. The Christmas decorations were going up and we all enjoyed the history of Buckman’s Tavern. For o...  more »

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