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The first battles of the American Revolution were fought in these towns west of Boston. Today they are charming places to visit for history, nature, culture...and bicyling.



Boston was the seat of the British colonial government of the Massachusetts Bay colony.The colony's expansion, like America's, was westward toward the mountains. By 1775, prosperous towns had grown up in Middlesex County, the region due west of Boston: Cambridge, Menotomy (Arlington), Lexington, Concord, Bedford, Acton, Sudbury and more.

These communities west of the city, each with its assemblage of Minutemen and militia citizen-soldiers for defense against Indian raids, were large enough to play a significant role in the American Revolution.

Patriots Day, commemorating the battles of Lexington and Concord, is celebrated every year on April 19th with re-enactments of the battles, with fife-and-drum bands, volleys from muskets and brass cannons, flags and speeches. More...

Today Lexington and Concord are delightful destinations for a day-trip out of Boston by car, bus, train or bicycle, or even for an overnight or two.


A prosperous suburb 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Boston, Lexington is a pretty and historic town centered on Lexington Green, site of the first battle of the American Revolution. It's a half-hour's drive by car, an hour's trip by subway and MBTA Bus 62, or a two-hour bike ride along the Minuteman Bikeway. More...


Concord, 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Boston, boasts of being the site of the first American victory in the Revolutionary War, fought at the town's iconic North Bridge. Concord is also proud of its 19th-century artists and writers including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Louisa May Alcott, Henry David Thoreau and more. Renowned sculptor Daniel Chester French, designer of the Seated Lincoln statue in Washington DC's Lincoln Memorial, made his first big success with his statue of the Concord Minuteman. He and the town's literary greats are buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, worth a visit. You can reach Concord from Boston by car, MBTA Commuter Rail train, or by bike. More...

Minuteman National Historical Park

On the night of April 18-19, 1775, Paul Revere and William Dawes rode from Boston and Cambridge to Lexington and Concord to warn of the British expeditionary force coming out from Boston to capture John Hancock and Samuel Adams, and to destroy colonial stockpiles of military stores in Concord.

Today you can harks back to that historic night when Revere and Dawes rode out followed by troops of redcoats by following Battle Road, a feature of Minuteman National Historical Park.

—by Tom Brosnahan


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The Minuteman statue by Daniel Chester French, Concord, Massachusetts

The Minuteman statue by Daniel Chester French, Old North Bridge, Concord, Massachusetts.



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