Friends of Minute Man National Park
Preserving the Birthplace of the American Revolution

Cattle Return to Minute Man

Written by Margie Brown, Natural & Cultural Resource Manager, and Jim Hollister, Park Ranger at Minute Man National Historical Park

Cattle have returned to their summer pasture at Noah Brooks Tavern at Minute Man! The tavern, built in 1798, is located on Rt. 2A in Lincoln opposite the Brooks Hill parking area at Minute Man National Historical Park.

The cattle are Devons, an heirloom breed first brought to New England by the Pilgrims in 1620. They were a common sight in this area throughout the Colonial period. They are here through an arrangement with Codman Community Farms of Lincoln and will likely remain here through the fall.

To learn more and see more photos of the historic Devon cattle, please click on the button below. 

Dashing Devons

Special Events at the Park

Join us for these summer special events at Minute Man National Historical Park! These events are free and open to the public, no registration is necessary. 


“The Terrific Array of War” Battle Road Hike | June 17 & July 16 at 6:00 p.m.

Explore the Elm Brook Hill Battle Site with Edmund Foster | June 18, July 2, Sept 3 at 1:00 p.m.

The British Redcoat | June 19 & July 10 at 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

Town Meeting: Let Your Voice Be Heard! | June 25 & Aug 20 at 3:30 p.m.

Declaring Independence | July 4th at 2:00 pm

To learn more about the summer special events at Minute Man National Historical Park, please click on the button below. 

Special Events

It's not too late to donate! The Buttrick Gardens fundraiser supports the garden all season long. Your donation helps support the gardens with daily maintenance and ongoing projects such as rejuvenation of historic plants, reestablishing native pollinators, and removing invasive plant species.

All donors will receive a 3" fridge magnet and donors at the $150 and up level will receive a tote bag. Click on the button below to make your donation today!

Garden Donation

Path to History: 

Explore the Trails at Minute Man

Written by Neil Lynch, volunteer and a frequent Battle Road hiker at Minute Man National Historical Park.

Every year, more than a million people descend on Minute Man National Historical Park to bear witness to the events that started the American Revolution. For the vast majority, North Bridge is the focal point, the place where visitors can literally walk over history while admiring the setting along this notable stretch of the Concord River. 

A growing number of travelers and national park aficionados are exploring more of the 1,034 acres that comprise Minute Man. That includes 9 miles of walking trails! While history remains its cornerstone, Minute Man is also a national park, a welcome oasis offering an outdoor escape to the metropolitan Boston area. . . Read more.

To learn more about the trails at Minute Man please click on the link below.

Hiking History

Spring Cleaning at the Wayside 

“Housekeeping ain’t no joke” -Louisa May Alcott

Written by Nicole Walsh, Curator at Minute Man National Historical Park

It’s spring cleaning time here at Minute Man, and The Wayside: Home of Authors recently received a lot of curatorial TLC from park and regional staff. Thousands of objects in the home were inventoried to ensure they were accounted for and in the correct location in relation to the database. Next, objects were dusted and cleaned. Keeping the objects clean ensures they will be preserved for as long as possible. Finally, cleaned objects . . . Read more

Image: National Park Service curators rolling a historic 19th-century rug at The Wayside: Home of Authors during spring cleaning. 

To read more and view additional images of spring cleaning, please click on the button below.

Wayside Spring Cleaning

Senior Service Day at Minute Man

Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Volunteers at the Park

Thank you the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School (LSRHS) class of 2022 for a very successful Senior Day of Service. Over 80 seniors arrived on the morning of June 1 along with group leaders and park volunteers.

The students accomplished an amazing amount including clearing trails, planting trees, removing invasive vines and plants. . . Read more.

Image: Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Seniors cleaning up the terrace area of the Buttrick Gardens, courtesy of LSRHS. 

To read more and view a video of the LSRHS senior day, please click on the link below.

Senior Day of Service

Buttrick Gardens

Featured in

Discover Concord Magazine

We are delighted to announce that the Buttrick Gardens are featured in the Discover Concord 2022 Guide to the Great Outdoors. Click on the button below to read the full article and learn about our new interpretive signage located near the gardens. 

Garden Article

June is Pride Month

The landscape at Minute Man National Historical Park welcomes all visitors with a rainbow of color.

Images from left to right: Winterberry in bloom, carved pumpkin from the Halloween Eve at Hartwell Tavern, spring bird walk photography (c) Jay Dia, ferns along Battle Road Trail, blue skies reflected in the Concord River with the Minute Man monument visible in the distance, asters at the Buttrick Gardens.

To learn more about how the National Park Service (NPS) celebrates and supports pride month, please click on the button below. 

NPS Pride Month
Beyond Battle Road
Items of interest outside the Park

Juneteenth Gathering at Longfellow National Historial Site

Gather on Juneteenth for a special poetry performance and film screening connecting past and present at the Longfellow House Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site, in partnership with the Museum of African American History in Boston. Click here to learn more. 

Concord Bike Share

Visit all the local historical sites by bike! Rent a bike by the Concord Visitor Center at 58 Main Street or at the West Concord entrance to the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail. Click here for more information. 

Jason Russel House in Arlington Open for Tours

The Jason Russell House in Arlington (originally Menotomy) was the site of fierce fighting on April 19, 1775. The house and museum are now open for the season for guided tours on weekends from May 28 until October 30. Click here to learn more. 

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Concord, MA 01742
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The Friends of Minute Man National Park is an independent, member-based
non-profit 501(c)(3) organization supporting the Park's mission of
preserving and protecting the historic sites, structures, properties, and landscapes associated with the opening battles of the American Revolution.

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