Five National Parks Where the American Revolution Lives On
Photo above courtesy of stateparks.com. All other photos all coutresy of the respective parks unless otherwise stated.
Minute Man National Historic Park – Lincoln, Massachusetts.
On April 19, 1775 the official start of the Revolutionary war took place with the famous, “shot heard 'round the world.” It happened at the beginning of the Battles of Lexington and Concord and you can visit the site today. While you are there don’t miss the Buckman Tavern, the Munroe Tavern, anad the Hancock-Clarke House, where William Dawes and Paul Revere were sent to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of the approaching British.
Independence Hall – Philadelphia, PA
Probably the most famous of the sites listed here, Independence Hall is known for hosting the signing of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. However, there is a ton more to see while you are there. Check out the Liberty Bell Center, the First Bank of the United States, Carpenter’s Hall, Franklin Court, and the United States Postal Museum. You should probably endeavor to obtain a cheesesteak while hanging in Philly, too.
Boston National Historical Park - Dorchester Heights in South Boston, Massachusetts
The city of Boston is pretty much synonymous with the Revolutionary War, and the Freedom Trail is what links most of it together. Known also as the Boston National Historical Park, the site encompasses the Bunker Hill Monument, Charlestown Navy Yard, Dorchester Heights, Faneuil Hall, the Old South Meeting House, the Old State House, the Paul Revere House and of course, the Old North Church where Paul Revere hung his signal lanterns and embarked for his midnight ride.
Colonial National Historical Park - Yorktown, Virginia
Many people don’t think about the south much when they think of the Revolutionary War, but in 1781, General Cornwallis’ British troops were stuck in Yorktown, waiting for reinforcements to arrive from New York. After the British fleet was defeated in the Atlantic Ocean by the French Navy, Cornwallis could not be reinforced and General Washington's troops, along with the French Army, came down and crushed them, essentially ending the last battle of the Revolutionary War.
Here you get the bonus of not only seeing the Yorktown Battlefield, but also Historic Jamestown, the landing of the first English settlers. Cruise along the Colonial Parkway, tying together Jamestown, Yorktown and Colonial Williamsburg.
Kings Mountain National Military Park - Blacksburg, South Carolina
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Going even further south, in the fall of 1780, The Battle of Kings Mountain served as the first major victory for the American Patriots over the British after their siege of Charleston. The Military Park includes the battle site, monuments, and Ferguson’s grave. And if you really want the authentic trip made by the Pats, ride the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, all 330 miles of it.
So there you go. Those are simply a few of the many places where you can visit to help learn and celebrate our history and independence. Where do you like to go when it comes to Revolutionary War times? Let me know in the comments below.
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