Sunday, June 12, 2011

Take a Historical Walk through Lexington!

We all know Lexington MA to be the place for the infamous “Shot Heard Round the World” which began the American Revolution in 1775. For those who live in Lexington, this history has become a part of the town's culture and plays a part in the atmosphere and everyday life. This historic town also hosts many visitors each year who want to take in a bit of America’s history. But, whether you live in one of the beautiful Lexington homes, are thinking about buying a home in Lexington, or just passing through; you’ll want to be sure to visit at least one, or all of the following Lexington treasures!

Buckman Tavern
1 Bedford Street, Lexington, MA‎
Built circa 1710, the Buckman Tavern was where several dozen minutemen gathered in the early hours of the morning on April 19, 1775, to await the arrival of the British expedition in Lexington. Buckman Tavern is open daily April - October. Group tours may be arranged by appointment year-round. Call 781–862–5598 for more information.

Old Burying Ground
First Parish Church on Massachusetts Ave
The Old Burying Ground dates back to 1690 and contains the remains of many of those who lived in Lexington during the Revolutionary period. It is fortunate that the grave markers here, mostly made of slate, have survived the weathering effects of time very well. Names, dates, and inscriptions are easily read, including some rather macabre epitaphs. Individual stone carvers’ styles varied as did the general designs when customs changed. Carved skull and cross bones of the 18th century gave way to more classical style of urns and willows in the early part of the 19th century. This outdoor attraction is open all year.

Hancock-Clarke House
36 Hancock Street, Lexington, MA
The Hancock-Clarke House, built in 1737, was the home of the Reverend John Hancock and the Reverend Jonas Clarke - two ministers who served the spiritual and secular needs of Lexington for 105 years. On the evening of April 18, 1775, John Hancock and Samuel Adams, prominent leaders in the colonial cause, were guests of the Reverend Jonas Clarke in the parsonage. Fearing that they might be captured by the British, Dr Joseph Warren of Boston sent William Dawes and Paul Revere to Lexington with news of the advancing British troops. Arriving separately, they stopped to warn Hancock and Adams, then set off for Concord. The Hancock-Clarke House is Open daily June 1 through October, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and open weekends April through June 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

The Munroe Tavern
1332 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington
Built in the early 1700′s, the tavern is named for William Munroe, orderly sergeant of Captain Parker’s minuteman company in 1775. Munroe served as tavern proprietor from 1770 to 1827. Many family articles from this period are on display in the tavern. On the afternoon of April 19, 1775, the tavern served as the headquarters for Brigadier General Earl Percy and his one thousand reinforcements. The Munroe Tavern is Open daily June 1 through October, 12 noon to 4 p.m. and open weekends April through June 1, 12 noon to 4 p.m

Lexington Green
Located between Harrington Rd, Massachusetts Ave & Bedford St
The first conflict of the American War for Independence began on the morning of April 19, 1775 with the “shot heard round the world.” This site is open all year with historical markers to enhance your experience.

There are many more sites to see in Lexington, but I’ve listed a few of the most popular historical attractions that I think everyone should visit. If you have any questions about the historic town of Lexington or about Lexington MA Real Estate, please let me know! Helping you find your Lexington home is my passion and I would like to help you in your search!

Theresa D'Antuono

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