Recreate the Ride of Paul Revere
Paul Revere used a horse on his famous ride from Charlestown to Lexington - but you will want to use a car. Revere encountered rough roads and enemy troops and had only the light of the moon to guide his way. You will find other hazards - one way streets, traffic, traffic circles and construction. Paul Revere made it. So can you.
To Visit the Paul Revere House First
You may want to start you trip with a visit to the Paul Revere House. The best parking is along Atlantic and Commercial Street near Fleet Street. Once you park, you can walk up Fleet Street. Go three streets and turn left on Garden Court. Walk down into the square and you will find the Revere House on the right hand side, the only wooden house on the street.
After you have visited the Revere House, retrace your steps to you car.
To Follow the Route of the Ride
You will head north on Commercial Street and then turn right on North Washington Street. You will go over the North Washington Street (Charlestown Bridge). After you cross the bridge, you will find yourself in City Square. Look for Roughan's Café, which is on the corner of Park Street. Follow the rotary to Park Street, which leads away from Roughan's Café. Take Park one block to Warren Street. Warren Street rounds to the left. Follow Warren Street and in about a 1/2 mile it joins Main Street. Follow Main Street to Bunker Hill Street and turn left. Go one block to the Sullivan Square rotary. The second exit along the rotary is Main Street again. Take Main Street and proceed to the first light, where you will turn left. It's a short distance to Broadway, where you turn right and drive 1.2 miles to the top of Winter Hill; turn right on Main Street. You will see a "Revere's Ride" sign. Follow Main Street 1.4 miles and you will see the Isaac Royall House on your left. You are now in Medford.
Continue on Main Street to Medford Square. Traffic is directed around Medford Square to Riverside Avenue. Turn left. You will see a "Revere's Ride" sign and soon you will be in the midst of Medford Square. Follow Route 60 West (High Street in Medford) into Arlington (where it turns into Medford Street). Turn right on Massachusetts Avenue. Look to your left and you will see the Jason Russell House at 7 Jason Street.
Continue on Massachusetts Avenue to Lexington. Keep going until you see a 17th century red clapboard house with a center chimney, on your left. This is Munroe Tavern. Now you are only a short distance from the Lexington Green. Park your car at the Green and look for Buckman Tavern on the Common opposite the Minuteman Statue. Buckman Tavern is on the corner of Hancock Street. Walk down Hancock a short distance to the Hancock-Clark House on the left. This was Revere's destination on the ride. He was sent to this house, where Samuel Adams and John Hancock were staying, to alert them of the British march on Lexington.
Revere successfully completed his assigned mission to Lexington. You are done!!
At the Hancock-Clark House, Revere was joined by William Dawes, who had come out of Boston by a different, slower route. Together they rode on to Concord on what is now Massachusetts Ave. Along the way they were joined by Dr. Samuel Prescott. Massachusetts Ave. continues for 1.7 miles from Lexington Green then connects to Route 2A. Turn right on Route 2A and enter Minute Man National Historical Park. Ahead 1 mile, on the right is a marker on the spot where Revere was captured (he was held for a short time and released). Revere's companions escaped. Prescott continued 3.8 miles further along the road to Concord.
Every year on Patriot's Day, the National Lancers re-enact the rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes. For more information about this event, and the organization that is responsible for it, please click on the following link:www.nationallancers.org.
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