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

Join us for Halloween at Hartwell Tavern

Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022

5:30 p.m – 9:00 p.m.

Hartwell Tavern

Do you believe in ghosts? Do you like history? Jack o’ Lanterns? Then come visit us at Hartwell Tavern! Walk down a path lighted by dozens of jack-o-lanterns. Talk with rangers and volunteers about ghostly folklore and how the people of Colonial New England protected themselves from evil spirits and witches.

For trick-or-treaters of all ages, the Friends of Minute Man will offer individually wrapped candy, so dawn your costumes and come trick-or-treating at an 18th-century tavern! This program will be both outdoors and indoors. All visitors should bring a flashlight and use caution on dark paths. Rain date is Sunday, October 30.

Please click on the button below for more information, including a schedule of events. 


Thank you for becoming a member or renewing your membership during our annual membership drive, we appreciate your support.

It's never too late to become a member! We are delighted to accept new members all year long. You’ll receive a window cling and a membership card that entitles you to 15% of at Minute Man National Historical Park stores.

Thank you for your support!


Special Events at the Park

Cider Making at Hartwell Tavern

Saturday, Oct. 22 and 29

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Hartwell Tavern

Park Volunteers Chris and Claire Hurley will be at Hartwell Tavern every Saturday in October to demonstrate the process of making apple cider. Processing the apple harvest into cider was an essential task of fall in New England.

Halloween at the Wayside Home of Authors!

Saturday, Oct. 22

6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

The Wayside: Home of Authors

Join us for an spooky evening and learn about the superstitions of Hallowe’en in the late 19th century or enjoy the haunting words of selected short stories by Nathanial Hawthorn.

Help us Decorate

Friday - Saturday, Oct. 28 - 29

Drop off starting at 9:00 a.m.

Minute Man Visitor Center

Consider contributing a jack-o-lantern for the Halloween at Hartwell event. You may drop it off your family-friendly pumpkin at Minute Man Visitor Center on Friday, Oct. 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., or Saturday, Oct 29 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Fall Park Day

Saturday, Nov. 5

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Minute Man Visitor Center

Volunteers may take part in removing invasive plants, seeding native plants, caring for orchards, maintaining trails, removing trash from the landscape while learning about the park's history and ecology from cultural and natural resource team leaders Click here to learn more and sign up!

All of these special programs are free and open to the public. Please click on the link below for more information. 

Special Programs

Visit the Park This Fall

The North Bridge Visitor Center and the Minute Man Visitor Centers are both open until Oct. 31, 2022. Enjoy the foliage and all that fall in New England has to offer. Click here for hours and directions.

Road to Revolution Update

Due to required repairs, the Road to Revolution movie at Minute Man Visitor Center will not be available on Oct. 20-21, 2022. It will be up and running on Saturday, Oct. 22. Click here for hours and directions. 

Bearded Iris Need A Pat on the Back

The days are getting shorter and temperatures are dropping, but iris rejuvenation is underway in the Buttrick Gardens. Beginning in August, park staff and volunteers lifted and divided hundreds of bearded iris rhizomes. “Iris rhizomes should be divided every 2 to 3 years,” explains Park Resource Manager Margie Brown. 

This past spring, Friends of Minute Man horticultural intern Sophie Cooke mapped and labeled the iris in bloom throughout the gardens, recording 24 distinct cultivars. However, some iris did not bloom due to crowding. Margie Brown adds, “By lifting, dividing, and spacing the iris, we will ensure all cultivars are preserved and we may discover additional cultivars.” 

Where are the extra iris rhizomes going? . . .Read more

To read more about the iris rejuvenation project, please click on the button below. 

Buttrick Iris

Minute Man Lends a Hand

Thank you to Minute Man National Historical Park staff members David St. Louis and Karen Weitz who traveled to Florida with the National Park Service Eastern Incident Management Team in support of hurricane Ian Recovery at southern Florida National Parks. Image: NPS photo of road flooding at Everglades National Park. 

Great American Outdoors Act 

Park to Receive Maintenance Funding from the Federal Government

Minute Man National Historical Park will receive approximately $27 million from the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) to address maintenance needs for the park’s buildings, structures, landscape, trails, signage and monuments. A $14.8 million contract was recently awarded to start phase 1 of the project which will include interior and exterior rehabilitation and preservation work on 16 historic structures, including the repair or upgrade of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.  

“Thanks to the funding from GAOA, the park will bring many of our iconic structures, monuments and trails back into good condition. The timing of this funding will improve the visitor experience beyond the nation’s 250th anniversary and allow future generations to be inspired by what happened right here in the struggle for liberty,” said Park Superintendent Simone Monteleone. . . Read more.

Click on the video above to learn more, or click on the button below to read the full press release.

GAOA Funding

Species Spotlight: Oak Trees

Though they are not known for their fall colors as much as maples, oak trees provide food, shelter, and habitat to countless birds, mammals, fungi,

insects and spiders at Minute Man National Historical Park. Click here to view the full article. 

Beyond Battle Road
Items of interest outside the Park

Revolution 250 Podcast: Feeding Washington's Army with Ricardo A. Herrera

Ricardo A. Herrera, Visiting Professor of History at the Army War College, tells us about his book, Feeding Washington's Army: Surviving the Valley Forge Winter of 1778. We hear about the campaigns of Nathanael Greene, Anthony Wayne, and Henry Lee to gather cattle, sheep, and wheat. Click here to listen.

Freedom's Way Webinar Series: Researching “Revolutionary Stories”

Join Freedon''s Way for a three-part series of free informational webinars designed to provide technical assistance on research techniques and practical examples on creating interpretive and educational experiences to share stories about the people, places, and events during the American Revolutionary War Period. Click here to learn more and register.

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North Bridge Visitor Center
174 Liberty Street
Concord, MA 01742
P: 978-318-7822
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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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