The Liberty Ride
Visit the birthplaces of American liberty and 19th century literature.
Ride along the historic Battle Road while your guide, dressed in period
costume, recounts the exciting events of April 19, 1775 and the literary
legacy that defined American identity and culture. As part of your tour
you will experience:
Battle Green, where the Lexington militia confronted 800 British
Regulars as the sun rose on April 19, 1775.
Tavern, where the Lexington militia gathered the night before
the Battle. (Discounted admission with Liberty Ride ticket.)
House, which was Paul Revere and William Dawes' destination on
the night of April 18th, 1775, to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock
of the coming of British troops. (Discounted admission with Liberty
Tavern, which served as the British headquarters and field hospital.
(Washington really dined here in 1789!) Beautiful garden with Colonial
flowers. (Discounted admission with Liberty Ride ticket.)
Visitors Center, offering information and hospitality, plus a
diorama of the Battle of Lexington.
Heritage Museum, presenting permanent and changing exhibits celebrating
American history and culture from Colonial times to the present. Includes
Heritage Café and Museum Shop. (Free admission and parking.)
- Minute Man National
Historical Park, View "The Road to Revolution" (a moving multimedia
presentation) and exhibits at the Visitor Center. Free admission and
parking. The park includes:
- Paul Revere Capture Site. A monument marks the place where the
famous "midnight ride" of Paul Revere came to an abrupt end. --Hartwell
Tavern. This historic home and tavern is brought to life with
living history demonstrations.
- Battle Road. Walk trail used on April 19, 1775. --Meriam's Corner,
terminus of the Battle Road trail and place where British regulars
first came under fire as they retreated to Boston.
- North Bridge where colonial militia men were first ordered to
fire upon British regulars. See Daniel Chester French's Minute
Man statue, the grave of British soldiers, and other battle monuments.
- North Bridge Visitor Center at Buttrick Mansion features exhibits
detailing the events in 1775, an information center and bookstore
located in a home built by the descendents of Major John Buttrick,
the colonial officer who gave the command to fire at the North
Bridge. ˇ Orchard House, the home of Louisa May Alcott and her
family and setting for the beloved Little Women. Admission fee.
House, the home of Louisa May Alcott and her family and setting
for the beloved Little Women. Admission fee.
Inn, a functioning inn and historic landmark at the heart of the
village green, the Inn was a part of the events of April 19, 1775
and was later home to Henry David Thoreau.
- Old Manse, home of minister William Emerson, his grandson Ralph
Waldo Emerson, and the honeymoon home of Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne.
Visitor Center, located close to restaurants and shops, offers
information, guided walking tours of Concord, and public restrooms.
- Concord Museum
holds a nationally significant historical collection including
the famed Revere lantern, Emerson's study, and Thoreau's Walden desk.
Hands-on family activities, period rooms, and film "Exploring Concord."
- The Wayside, home to the Alcotts, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Margaret
Sidney. Closed in April.
- Emerson House, where Ralph Waldo Emerson, foremost 19th century
literary figure, lived and wrote from 1835 until his death in 1882.
Original furnishings and family memorabilia are on display. Admission
fee. Opens April 22.
Lowell National Historical Park Textile Treasure Tour
Your tour of Lowell's textile treasures includes the following:
- New England Quilt Museum -
You will begin your tour on historic Shattuck Street at the New
England Quilt Museum. After an introduction by Museum Staff, you
will view some of the finest examples of historical and contemporary
quilts, including selections from the museum's permanent collection
as well as changing exhibitions of traditional or contemporary quilts.
- The American
Textile History Museum, where you're surrounded with the sights and
sounds of the history of cloth making in the United States. After enjoying
a sumptuous lunch at the Seasoned Chef Gazebo Cafe, you will journey
through the Textile Museum where you will discover a collection of 249
spinning wheels, an elegant historic costume collection, a water-powered
filling and carding mill, an operational 1870s woolen mill, and a 1940s
weave shed manufacturing reproduction fabric.
- Boott Cotton Mills Museum -
Complete your Textile Treasure Tour at the restored 1870s Boott
Cotton Mills Museum at Lowell National Historical Park, where you
will trace the footsteps of mill girls and immigrant workers, and feel
the rumble of 90 working power looms. Interactive oral history programs,
rare images from the past, mill models, and vintage machines bring the
story of Lowell's proud textile heritage to life.
Lowell National Historical Park Tours
Lowell National Historical Park commemorates and preserves the birthplace
of America's Industrial Revolution. Tours available through the National
Park during the summer months include:
- The Lowell Canal Tour:
This 90-minute tour travels by foot, trolley and boat along the Pawtucket
Canal to the river. Discover how the demand for waterpower forever changed
the river and the city of Lowell.
Sat.-Sun.& Columbus Day, 11:00 a.m., 12:00, 2:00, & 3:00 p.m.
Canal tour times and schedules may be modified at any time depending
on water levels.
Great Gate & Guard Locks and Pawtucket to the River: Adults: $8.00;
Seniors: $7.00 (Ages 62+); Youths: $6.00 (Ages 6-16); Children: Free
(Ages 5 and under).
**Reservations are required for all canal tours. All canal tour reservations
must be ticketed and paid for no later than thirty minutes before the
start of the tour; at that time, unclaimed reservations will be released
and sold to waiting visitors. Buy a "Park Package"-Combine
a canal tour with a visit to the Boott Cotton Mills Museum and receive
a discount! Call 978-970-5000 for more information.
- Views of Lowell Trolley Tour:
Join a park ranger
for a guided tour of historic downtown Lowell on the park's trolley.
Each tour will highlight a different view of Lowell's story as seen
through the trolley, from canals to mill workers to ethnic neighborhoods.
Reservations are required.
Mon.-Fri., 2:30 p.m.