August 25 marked the National Park Service’s 100 year (and Mike and my second anniversary!). That Saturday, August 27, we went to Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, MA to celebrate.
It was a beautiful day with blue skies and puffy white clouds. We got there just in time for a small ceremony commemorating the National Park Service Centennial near the North Bridge where the Revolutionary War began. There were a few speeches, and then some reinactors marched up on to the bridge and fired some salutes with their muskets.
After the ceremony, we walked up to the Visitor’s Center for some cake and punch. We sat at a table outside overlooking a small river. As we were finishing up, one of the reinactors asked if he could sit with us. Of course, we said yes, and had a very nice conversation with him. We really enjoy chatting with people we meet along the way.
Next we got back in the truck and headed to Lexington where another part of the park is located. We parked and walked down the trail where many historical sites are located. The first site we came upon was Hartwell Tavern, the home and business of one of the Minute Men. We walked around inside for a minute they announced that a demonstration was beginning outside. One of the park rangers in period clothing spoke about the Minute Men and their training. At one point, the audience was recruited to practice getting into formation as the Minute Man did. Then, there was a brief musket demonstration.
After the demonstration was over, we moved on down the path were the Rebels fought against the Red Coats on their march to Boston. We saw the remnants of a house and another home from that period. We stopped at another Visitor’s Center on the way back before heading into Concord for a short walk around the town. It was after 5, so not much was open. We did walk through a cool cemetery from with graves dating back to the 1700’s, though.
Minute Man is not a well-known National Park, but it contains an important part of our nation’s history. We are glad that we were able to get out and enjoy the park and celebrate the centennial.