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Eternally Fit, Minutemen Keep Revolution Alive
NY Times ^ | April 14, 2006 | STACEY STOWE

Posted on 04/15/2006 4:39:32 AM PDT by Pharmboy

WHO knew the Minute Man has sex appeal? My daughter, Gabrielle, 15, took one look and announced, "He's hot!"

She had a point. Strapping and rifle-toting, with a luxuriant mop of curly hair and sleeves rolled up to expose muscular arms, the Minute Man on the green in Lexington, Mass., may be made of bronze, but he looked more than capable, on the March day when we visited, of defending not only his country, but any damsel threatened with distress.

Lexington, where the Revolutionary War began, is dotted with sites made historic by real minutemen, resonant places scattered on country roads amid colonial-era stone walls and saltbox houses. Prosperous suburbanites populate its expansive newer houses and patronize the Starbucks, but this town can still fire the imagination. It makes a nice day trip for a history buff, but it's also perfect for the child or teenager who has shown even a spark of interest in the American Revolution.

Children no longer memorize the incantatory poem "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere," but Longfellow's "eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five" and the battles of the 19th come startlingly alive on Lexington Common, where the first shots of the war were fired, and at the Minute Man National Historical Park a couple of miles away. Standing on a sandy path in the park where Revere was captured as he rode out to warn of the redcoat invasion, or playing the colonial-era children's game Jacob's ladder in a low-ceilinged saltbox, or watching a simulated television show about the Stamp Act — all contribute to a day steeped in history without a hint of the ponderous or didactic.

For city folk, Lexington itself, with an array of vintage houses and drivers who slow for meandering tourists, has its own charms.

(Excerpt) Read more at travel2.nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: concord; lexington; massachusetts; milhist; minutemen; revwar
Definitely worth a trip. Especially this time of year. Huzzahs all around...
1 posted on 04/15/2006 4:39:36 AM PDT by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy
Minute Man National Historical Park

They've done a wonderful job with it. Well worth a visit.

2 posted on 04/15/2006 4:43:17 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: indcons; Chani; thefactor; blam; aculeus; ELS; Doctor Raoul; mainepatsfan; timpad; ...

The RevWar/Colonial History/General Washington ping list.

Please freepmail me to get ON or OFF this list.

As we approach April 19, I thought this was an appropriate story for the list.

3 posted on 04/15/2006 4:44:00 AM PDT by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: mewzilla

Indeed. Thanks for the link...these are the kinds of things the gummint does (and SHOULD do) whereby they prove themselves not to be completely incompetent.


4 posted on 04/15/2006 4:46:11 AM PDT by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: mewzilla

Some events begin today.

On the 17th (Monday) it's best to arrive at the Common no later than 5:30AM.


5 posted on 04/15/2006 4:53:44 AM PDT by angkor
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To: Pharmboy
Yup! :) And a walk along the Battle Road trail is not to be missed. I read John R. Galvin's The Minutemen before our last visit. I recommend the book, too.
6 posted on 04/15/2006 4:56:20 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: angkor

We've been trying for years to make it to that. One of these days we're going to do it! :)


7 posted on 04/15/2006 4:57:21 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Pharmboy

Great article! I remember how I cried when I first saw Concord bridge on a lovely early summer day. Nothing fancy or elaborate, or jazzed up for tourists. Just a simple bridge across a stream...


8 posted on 04/15/2006 5:05:57 AM PDT by Molly Pitcher (We are Americans...the sons and daughters of liberty...*.from FReeper the Real fifi*))
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To: Molly Pitcher

Yes...hard for an American to look at that bridge for the first time and not have a lump in his/her throat.


9 posted on 04/15/2006 5:09:24 AM PDT by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: mewzilla
One of these days we're going to do it! :)

....and if you are that close to Boston you have to visit and board the U.S.S. Constitution, the oldest active warship afloat in the world.

10 posted on 04/15/2006 5:16:27 AM PDT by Boston Blackie
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To: Boston Blackie

You're right, we've got to do that, too :)


11 posted on 04/15/2006 6:18:20 AM PDT by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: Pharmboy

I would like to take a trip there.


12 posted on 04/15/2006 6:21:01 AM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta (A man's first duty is to his honor and conscience.)
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To: Pharmboy

Good to hear that there are SOME FOLKS in Massachusetts who revear (pun intended) the founding fathers.


13 posted on 04/15/2006 6:36:06 AM PDT by Clemenza (Amor de mi Vida, Donde Estas?)
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To: Pharmboy

BTW: I've never been to Lexington and Concord, although I've been practically everywhere else in Eastern Mass. Need to stop by, and not only "for the shots that rang around the world." I will also make sure to mock that PHONEY Henry David Thoreau, who lived "in the wilderness" near his mom's house so that he could have her home cooking everyday.


14 posted on 04/15/2006 6:39:12 AM PDT by Clemenza (Amor de mi Vida, Donde Estas?)
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To: Clemenza

It really is worth the trip. I spent a day there about ten years ago. Are you back east yet?


15 posted on 04/15/2006 6:40:32 AM PDT by Pharmboy (The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones.)
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To: Pharmboy

I will be a Garden State resident as of April 29th. I'm doing the cross country drive.


16 posted on 04/15/2006 6:41:08 AM PDT by Clemenza (Amor de mi Vida, Donde Estas?)
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To: Pharmboy
"Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war let it begin here."
--Capt. John Parker

Thanks for posting the the article.
18 posted on 04/15/2006 7:41:16 AM PDT by hedgetrimmer ("I'm a millionaire thanks to the WTO and "free trade" system--Hu Jintao top 10 worst dictators)
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To: mewzilla

I read Galvin's "The Minutemen," too, long ago. I think I bought it at the Visitor's Center in Concord. Great book. Be sure to also read "Paul Revere's Ride" by David Hackett Fischer (I'm sure you have).


19 posted on 04/15/2006 8:24:42 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Clemenza

Talk to everyone.


20 posted on 04/15/2006 10:23:20 AM PDT by durasell (!)
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To: Pharmboy

It's a complete shame what Massachusetts has become 230 years later.


21 posted on 04/15/2006 6:55:20 PM PDT by j_tull (Remember, before rap came along, we thought disco sucked.)
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To: mewzilla
If you liked that book, I bet you'd like Professor Robert Gross' The Minutemen and Their World as well. I couldn't recommend more strongly---a fascinating insight into how the politics of the city crept to the frontier settlements . . . goes a long way into explaining why the revolution began in the frontier, not the city.
22 posted on 04/17/2006 5:34:00 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Clemenza
Good to hear that there are SOME FOLKS in Massachusetts who revear (pun intended) the founding fathers.

Hell yeah. In my opinion, the night of 18 April and the day of 19 April are high holy days . . .

Long live the spirits of Dr. Joseph Warren and Mr. Samuel Whittemore.

23 posted on 04/17/2006 5:39:24 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Be sure to also read "Paul Revere's Ride" by David Hackett Fischer (I'm sure you have).

One of the best non-fiction books ever written.

24 posted on 04/17/2006 5:40:50 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Pharmboy
As we approach April 19, I thought this was an appropriate story for the list.

And now that it is 19 April, here's another:


25 posted on 04/19/2006 2:58:38 PM PDT by archy (I am General Tso. This is my Chief of Staff, Colonel Sanders....)
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