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February 21, 2007
From journal Minute Man National Historical Park
October 11, 2006
From journal Mass.-- East Coast Summer I
December 7, 2001
There is a park ranger on duty in the visitors center and also there are displays covering the events of April 18 and 19, 1775, including a 40-foot battle mural. It takes about 10 minutes to look at and read all the displays. There is an audiovisual presentation every half-hour, so if you have time, you may want to visit the shop now or just wander around a bit.
The show is the highlight of the visit. It is called The Road to Revolution and is narrated by Amos Doolittle, or his modern counterpart. The door in the front of you is actually a screen, and Amos appears in the door and tells us the story of what he found when he came up to Lexington from Connecticut about two weeks after the confrontation at North Bridge.
Through a series of audiovisual affects, we become part of the events. We follow Paul Revere out of Boston, as well as Mr Dawes, the other rider who left by a different route at the same time. Both of them made it to Lexington, where they were joined by a young man from Concord who actually ended up being the only one to reach Concord to warn them. I never before quite understood 'one if by land, two if by sea'. It is very clear to me now.
I never knew either that the first killings were on Lexington Green, where an overzealous English soldier killed two Americans. Nor did I know that after the battle at Concord's North Bridge, the worst killing was yet to come on the march back to Boston. Altogether, 273 British Soldiers and 95 Colonists lost their lives in this 24-hour period. It was much more serious than I ever suspected.
I wish I had had some children with me; heck, I wish I had come here when I was a child. It was very interesting, and the visual effects kept it that way.
There is a small but well-stocked shop with lots of books and brochures and other small souvenirs. The visitors center also has nice, clean bathrooms, always nice to find.
The center is open all year and from November to April; the hours are 9am to 4pm. Entrance is free.
From journal Visiting Historic Concord and Lexington Ma