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Minute Man National Historical Park is in Lexington, Concord, and Lincoln. At the Lexington end of the park, less than 10 minutes from the center of town by car, is the Minute Man Visitor Center, off Route 2A, about 1/2 mile west of I-95 exit 30B (tel. 781/674-1920; www.nps.gov/mima). This area of the park includes the first 4 miles of the Battle Road, the route the defeated British troops took as they left Concord. Begin your visit by watching "The Road to Revolution," a fascinating multimedia program that explains Paul Revere's ride and the events of April 19, 1775. (It's open Mar-Nov; winter visitors can start in Concord.) Also here are informational displays and a 40-foot mural illustrating the battle. From late May through October, rangers give talks and demonstrations daily; on summer weekends, they lead hiking tours of the park. Surf or call ahead for times. The Battle Road Trail, a 5-mile interpretive path, carries pedestrian, wheelchair, and bicycle traffic. Panels and granite markers along the trail display information about the military, social, and natural history of the area. In season (Mar-Nov), this center is open daily from 9am to 4 or 5pm; schedules vary. Check the website or call ahead (try the North Bridge Visitor Center, tel. 978/369-6993, if there's no answer here) for open days and hours.

Start your visit to downtown Lexington at the visitor center, on the town common, better known as the Battle Green. It's open daily from 9am to 5pm (Dec-Mar 10am-4pm). A diorama and accompanying narrative illustrate the Battle of Lexington. The Minuteman statue on the Green is of Capt. John Parker, who commanded the militia. When the British confronted his troops, Parker called: "Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here!" Allow about 30 minutes to look around the visitor center and the Green.

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