Monday, October 22, 2012

John Harrington House


Sign on the right:

House of
Jonathan Harrington
Who wounded on the common
April 19 1775
Dragged himself to the door
and died at his wife's feet

Sign on the left:

Here lived
John Augustus,
Shoemaker
Friend of the
poor victims
of the law
Pioneer in
probation

First Teachers' College


This building is now the Masonic lodge building for Simon W. Robinson lodge.  The sign reads:


(caption on drawing) A student's drawing of the Normal School, 1843

First Teacher's College

This building was constructed in 1822 to house the Lexington Academy, a private school. In 1839, Horace Mann, Secretary to the Massachusetts Board of Education, persuaded the state to establish the nation's first normal schools, or teacher's colleges. Classes were held here for women only (other schools were male only, or co-ed) for five years. When enrollment grew too large, the Board found new quarters in Newton.

After a colorful period when the building successively housed a church, a variety store and a movie theater, the Lexington Masons acquired it in the 1920s.




Memorial to the Lexington Minute Men of 1775














These men gave everything dear in life yea and life itself in support of the common cause

Memorial to the Lexington Minute Men of 1775


















Memorial
To the Lexington Minute Men who were on the green in the early morning engagement
April 19, 1775

Capt. John Parker
Lt. William Tidd
Ens. Robert Munroe
Ens. Joseph Simonds
Clerk Daniel Harrington
Orderly Sgt. William Munroe
Corp. Joel Viles
Corp. Samuel Sanderson
Corp. John Munroe
Corp. Ebenezer Parker
Drummer William Diamond
Piper Jonathan Harrington

Ebenezer Bowman
John Bridge, Jr.
James Brown
Solomon Brown
John Chandler
John Chandler Jr.
Joseph Comee
Robert Douglass
Isaac Durant
Prince Estabrook
Nathaniel Farmer
Isaac Green
William Grimes
Caleb Harrington
John Harrington
Jonathan Harrington, Jr.
Moses Harrington 3rd.
Moses Harrington Jr.
Thaddeus Harrington
Thomas Harrington
Isaac Hastings
Timothy Blogett
Samuel Hastings
Samuel Hadley
Thomast Hadley
John Hosmer
Micah Hagar
Amos Lock
Benjamin Lock
Ebenezer Lock
Reuben Lock
Abner Mead
Ebenezer Munroe, Jr.
Thaddeus Bowman Esq.
Jedediah Munroe
John Munroe, Jr.
Nathan Munroe
William Munroe 3rd.
Nathaniel Mulliken
Isaac Muzzy
John Muzzy
Jonas Parker
Jonas Parker, Jr.
Nathaniel Parkhurst
Solomon Pierce
Sgt. Francis Brown
Joshua Reed
Joshua Reed Jr.
Nathan Reed
John Robbins
??? Russell
Benjamin Sampson
...

Line of the Minute Men Stone Memorial

Line of the Minute Men
April 19, 1775

Stand your ground
Dont fire unless fired upon
But if they mean to have a war
Let it begin here
    Captain Parker

Munroe Tavern



Lexington Historical Society

Munroe Tavern 1735
British Field Hospital and Headquarters
April 19, 1775

Open for tours
April-October
Year-round by appointment
781-862-5598
www.lexingtonhistory.org

Friday, October 12, 2012

John Raymond Plaque Near the Munroe Tavern


John Raymond
On April 19, 1775 the British Regulars occupied Munroe Tavern during their retreat from Concord through Lexington toward Boston. John Raymont, a member of Captain Parker's Company, although unarmed, was shot and killed as he attempted to leave the tavern. He bacame the tenth citizen of Lexington to die at the hands of the Redcoats that day, leaving behind his widow Rebecca and five children under the age of twelve, the youngest not quite two years of age.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Historic Destinations in Lexington Massachusetts

Revolutionary war buffs have plenty to see in Lexington:
  • Lexington Battle Green - Site of the first battle of the revolutionary war.
  • Minute Man Statue - On the edge of the battle green.
  • National Heritage Museum - Includes a standing exhibit on the events leading up to the revolution. 
  • Minute Man National Historical Park - Includes a must-see, multi-media presentation on the events of the Lexington-Concord battles
  • Lexington Visitors Center - A great start to a visit including souvenirs and tickets to the various historic buildings. 
Historic buildings with tours:
  • Buckman Tavern - The tavern was where the minutemen met before that first battle.
  • Hancock-Clark House - Home where Samuel Adams and John Hancock were warned that the British were coming by Paul Revere. 
  • Munroe Tavern - This is the tavern that served as British headquarters.