Once again , I took a side trip from Boston to a city that I didn’t think I could get to by public transportation .
All those years I lived in Boston , the city of Lexington was never on my radar or bucket list .
As an American History major in college , though , the city that calls itself , ” The Birthplace of American History ” should have been a city that I should have visited more than once .
As I got off the bus , I wondered why I never came here when I was younger.
Lexington , Massachusetts is one of those quaint New England towns with the square right in the middle of town.
This square in Lexington isn’t just any old square .
This square happens to be known as “Battle Green “, and it’s one of the most famous squares in American History .
It’s where the first battle of the Revolutionary War took place on April 19, 1775.
It was called, “The Shot Heard ‘Round The World . ‘.
There’s Revolutionary War history all around and you don’t even realize it .
In front of you , there’s Buckman Tavern , which was the headquarters for the American Militia .
The militia was made up of townspeople and even slaves, all of whom were fighting for freedom from England .
From my American History books, I recognize the statue of “The Minuteman “, citizens who were ready in “a minute’s notice ” to defend their homes.
The statue is actually of William Parker, who was the commander of the American citizen soldiers .
History never told us who fired the first shot of the war, not that it really ,matters.
Who ever thought that this quaint little town not that far from Boston would be the birthplace of American Liberty and not some big city like Philadelphia or New York .