J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Sunday, June 01, 2008

Family Day at Minute Man Park, 8 June 2008

On Sunday, 8 June, Minute Man National Historical Park will host its first “Family Day,” sponsored by the non-profit Friends of Minute Man National Park. The event will last from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. in the vicinity of Hartwell Tavern, off Route 2A in Lincoln about a mile west of the Visitor Center in Lexington.

Among the activities will be demonstrations and talks by the Stow Minutemen and other historical re-enactors, musket demonstrations, children’s crafts, and fife and drum performances. General admission is free, though tickets will be required for the oxcart rides. (Photo below courtesy of the National Park Service.)

(As the park’s website explains, there’s a walking path from the large Lexington Visitor Center parking area through the scenic woods, a culvert, and more scenic woods to the Hartwell Tavern. There’s also limited parking and space for dropping off and picking up people near the tavern itself.)

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