Two towns are prime locations for the history buff: Lexington and Concord. These two towns have extraordinary insight into the America's Revolutionary past. They are home to the battle that started the Revolutionary War: the battle of Lexington and Concord. During this battle, the Minutemen bravely fought to win freedom for America from British rule. Lexington and Concord are thirty miles or less west of Boston and home to more than just history. Both towns offer quaint centers, with uniques shops to purchase trinkets from your trip that are sure to be treasured.
Before you begin your tour of Lexington and Concord's history make a stop at Wilson Farm. A Lexington culinary treasure, Wilson Farm is a fully functional farm that sells the goods they grow in this spectacular shop. Pack a picnic, to enjoy at the end of your day. Choose from their selection of prepared foods, cheeses, fresh fruits and baked goods. Wilson Farm is also a perfect place to stop with kids. Tours are offered often and many fun family events take place throughout the year, including visits with the farm animals.
After you've stocked up on local treats make your way to Lexington Green, home of the famous first battle between the Minutemen and Redcoats, this gorgeous green is located in the heart of Lexington and is bursting with history. Commemorative plaques encompass the area, and a small visitor’s center offers a glimpse into the past. With the location of Lexington Green in the center of Lexington take some time to meander through the streets and find your perfect places to stop before you make your way to the next Minute Man marvel.
Minute Man National Historical Park is the ultimate place to get your fix of Revolutionary War memories. Located on 2A, in Concord, it is a short distance from Lexington Green. Here you will be transported into the past as you explore the battlefields and monuments of this national treasure. With many reenactments throughout the year, it is easy to see this Revolutionary battle come to life. Programs offered vary by season and many stop when winter arrives.
By now, it is time to detour from 2A and leave the battles behind. Seek some serenity at Walden Pond, a walk around this state reservation allows visitors to enjoy the great outdoors and the natural beauty that Henry David Throeau once called home. Walden Pond, teeming in history, is also the right spot to enjoy the colors of autumn. Tree lined trails surround the natural beauty of this summer swimming hole and lead visitors to the remains of Henry David Throeau’s house. A walk around the pond will take about one hour and the trails are not paved paths, but perfect for a "light hike". Once you've made your away around, find the Wilson Farm basket of treats you purchased when this adventure began, pick a spot and end your day by enjoying your dinner in peace at this state park.