Saturday, 2 October 2010

Concord, Massachusetts


Concord, Massachusetts
Originally uploaded by stephenlamb

We visited Lexington and Concord after hiring a car in Auburn. These towns are the places where the American Revolutionary War - or War of Independence broke out on April 19th 1775. The British troops set out from Boston with the intention of finding and capturing the weapons which they correctly thought were being stored at a farm near Concord. They encountered their first resistance at Lexington where the first shot of the war was fired - but no one has been able to find out who fired it. The British troops overcame the minutemen at Lexington and marched on to Concord where they met much stiffer opposition - especially at the Old North Bridge. Here they were forced to beat a disorderly retreat to Boston. They were harassed all the way back and suffered heavy losses. The war was on.

The Old North Bridge pictured above in a reconstruction from the 1950s. There have actually been several bridges on the site since 1775 - and for a while there was no bridge at all.

There are several historic sites, commemorative statues and monuments in Lexington and Concord and in between. I photographed this statue at Lexington and edited it in Showfoto. I like the effect - although I hit on it by accident.

Lexington, Massachusetts

There are also sights to be seen that are not related to the Revolutionary War. Both Concord and Lexington are attractive towns. I was surprised to find a copy of the Michaelangelo's Pieta on the green at Concord.

Concord, Massachusetts


Unfortunately, the fall was not very advanced during our stay. I was hoping that the leaves in this photograph would not be green!

Concord, Massachusetts

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