Itinerary: Colonial New England

history of the American Revolution in lexington and concord


The first offensive action of the American Revolution was right here in the Battle of Chelsea Creek. The shot heard ‘round the world - where the first shot of the Revolutionary War took place on April 19, 1775 - happened nearby in Lexington and Concord.

It’s best to travel to this amazing National Park by vehicle as it’s located outside of Boston.


Stop at the Visitor’s Center and learn about the people that played a role in the first battle, including their journeys to the battlefield.


Contrary to what many have learned, the battle actually took place in a string of skirmishes along the road to Concord, now called Battle Road. There are dozens of battle sites along the road that can be accessed by car and have ample parking. However, the more adventurous might try the five-mile Battle Road Hiking Trail to get an authentic view of what the minutemen saw.


In nearby Lexington, visit the Battle Green where 77 minutemen faced British Regulars in a skirmish on the town green, which continues to be well-preserved.


The preserved Buckman Tavern is an excellent stop for any traveler trying to learn about the real people of the Revolutionary War and how they really lived. Built in 1710, Buckman Tavern was a gathering place for both locals and travelers, and the site of many important town meetings. It is where the minutemen waited for the British to arrive on the morning of April 19, 1775.