Lexington Green, Lexington
Categories: Battlefields, Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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.In 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.DescriptionThe battle green, now a public park, is a grassy expanse with a few mature trees. There are several memorials on the fringes of the common, the most iconic being the statue representing Captain John Parker, the leader of the Lexington militia, which stands at its eastern corner. It was erected in 1900 at the bequest of Francis Brown Hayes, and was sculpted by well-known Massachusetts artist Henry Hudson Kitson. A bronze plaque, placed in 1910 by the Daughters of the American Revolution, marks the original location of the Old Belfry. The Belfry was moved several times before being destroyed by a gale in 1909. It was rebuilt the following year and is now located on a hill just south of the park. Near the western corner of the park stands what is considered the oldest memorial to the Revolution: the Revolutionary War Monument, a granite obelisk erected in 1799. In 1835, the remains of seven of the eight miltiamen killed in the battle were exhumed from the nearby Old Burying Ground and reburied within the monument's iron fence. The monument also marks the approximate western end of the Patriot line. The line's eastern end is marked with an inscribed boulder.Make Lexington Green part of your personalized Lexington itinerary using our Lexington vacation generator.
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My wife, two dogs and I happened here on a weekend when a troupe was reenacting battles of the Revolutionary War. This only takes place twice a year. Though the "soldiers" were not yet marching on the... read more »
Lexington, where the Minutemen had their first Revolutionary skirmish. The place that started the American Revolution where the Battle of Lexington and Concord took place. The place offer a wealth of ... read more »
When you are on the Green, your body gets the chills thinking at one time History was made on this spot and a battle took place where you were standing. Great place to go and teach your kids about the... read more »
Great history here from the revolutionary war. There is also a great bike trail from here to Concord following the same route the British marched in the Revolutionary War. Today it is simply a beautiful shaded walk or ride through a beautiful part of the state.
Well kept area with lots to see and look at. Great food options and beautiful historic buildings!
A little park with a statue dedicated to the minute men. A great spot to get some photos of down town Lexington as well.
Forgot all about this place. History classes started coming back to me as the free in character tour guide went though all the details of this historic place.
The Lexington Historical Society staff were very helpful and knowledgeable.
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