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Our tour begins on the Lexington Green, where, on the morning of April 19, 1775, 77 Minutemen stood their ground against 700 British Redcoats. You visit the Buckman Tavern, where a large number of the Minutemen gathered to wait for the arrival of the Regulars, continue to the Hancock Clark House where John Hancock and Samuel Adams were alerted by Paul Revere of the approach of the British troops, and finally the Munroe Tavern, used by General Percy’s relief regiments in the afternoon as a hospital site for the British wounded.
In Concord, you visit the Old North Bridge, site of the Minuteman statue, and “the shot heard ’round the world.” Concord is also noted as the center of outstanding 18th century authors. These include Nathaniel Hawthorne, known for The Scarlet Letter, Louisa May Alcott, whose work, Little Women, is based on her own family life in Concord; Henry David Thoreau, who lived by Walden Pond for two years in a simple cabin, and wrote his reflections about life and nature; and Ralph Waldo Emerson, recognized as the founder of Transcendentalism. You visit Walden Pond, stroll along its shore, and enjoy the surrounding, inviting woods. The resting place of these inspirational writers, aptly named “Authors Ridge,” can be visited nearby in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.