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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.
Unlike 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.
The 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. Using our online itinerary creator, Lexington attractions like Lexington Green can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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I came out here on a beautiful fall day to visit the sights. I took the train and bus out from Boston and got here early before the Visitors Center opened for my trolley tour. Got a nice chance for.... more
I came out here on a beautiful fall day to visit the sights. I took the train and bus out from Boston and got here early before the Visitors Center opened for my trolley tour. Got a nice chance for.... more »
While visiting Boston MA area, we drove out to see Lexington Green Park. It’s the site of one of our nation’s most famous military events of the US revolution. We visited the visitors center and...
While visiting Boston MA area, we drove out to see Lexington Green Park. It’s the site of one of our nation’s most famous military events of the US revolution. We visited the visitors center and... more »
Just west of Lexington's downtown the road splits at the famous Minuteman statue, marking the eastern corner of Lexington Green (or as some references call it, Battle Green). The green is a large...
Just west of Lexington's downtown the road splits at the famous Minuteman statue, marking the eastern corner of Lexington Green (or as some references call it, Battle Green). The green is a large... more »
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