Friday, March 15, 2013

Photo Friday ~ The Battle Road between Lexington and Concord

The Battle Road between Lexington and Concord is a combination of modern roads, modern neighborhoods, historic homes and one small section of unpaved road.  This section of the Battle Road is my favorite.  It is preserved for pedestrian access only, and looks (to me) as it probably looked in 1775 on the day the citizens of Massachusetts chased the British back to Boston after the altercations in Lexington and Concord.  There is also a Battle Road Trail, that meanders through wetlands, lush meadows and forests . 

This is the Hartwell Tavern Historic Area
Ephraim and Elizabeth Hartwell lost five children in a 1740 "throat distemper" epidemic,
 but then went on to have eight more children! 

This is just the frame of a Revolutionary War era house.
I love seeing how the center chimney takes up a large portion of
the entire square footage of the house. 
It provided radiant heat in the wintertimes, too.
It was built by Samuel Hartwell, son of the tavern keepers next door.

Time travel, just walk down this lane a bit...

Minute Man National Park 

The Hartwell Tavern Historic Area

Copyright 2013, Heather Wilkinson Rojo


  1. I found the whole first stanza: "By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April's breeze unfurled, Here once the embattled farmers stood, And fired the shot heard round the world." The Emerson poem. We once stood on that spot, not too many years ago, where the Revolutionary War started, and it gave me the shivers.