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Barrett’s Farm Added To Park

Minute Man National Historical Park

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Thanks to the efforts of Save Our Heritage, Inc., the Town of Concord, Senator Edward Kennedy and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, the historically significant Colonel Barrett House and Farm have been incorporated into Minute Man NHP. 

The addition came with the passage of the Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009. Once funding becomes available, the National Park Service can acquire the historic structure and incorporate the story and historic landscape of Barrett’s Farm into Minute Man.

On April 19, 1775, the opening day of the American Revolution, Colonel James Barrett’s farm was a key target of the British expedition to seize arms and ammunition in Concord.  Colonel James Barrett also gave the orders on that day to advance to North Bridge and challenge the British soldiers, which resulted in the battle known as “the shot heard round the world.”  A brass cannon that was hidden at Barrett’s Farm is on display at the park’s North Bridge Visitor Center.

The Park Service gratefully thanks all who have worked so hard to collaboratively ensure the stabilization and permanent protection of the structure and landscape.



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