Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hartwell Tavern

They've all come
To look for America...
All come to look for America
All come to look for America...

{Simon and Garfunkel - America}

Due to a small camp field trip bus snafoo we found ourselves in Lexington at the Hartwell Tavern for lunch this week. I didn't mind a pit stop at a slice of history I've never seen!

Hartwell Tavern is an 18th century home and tavern. It is located on the actual "Battle Road" and was a witness house during the Revolutionary War. 

It is believed that the house was built in 1732-1733 by Ephraim and Elizabeth Hartwell and used part of the house to run an inn and tavern. It's said that on the night of April 18th, an advance guard of British soldiers captured Paul Revere and William Dawes just down the road from the tavern. 

Dr. Samuel Prescott who was riding with them, escaped by leaping his horse over a stone wall and fleeing through the pasture. He everntually came out by Hartwell Tavern where he woke the Hartwells and told him that the British were coming. 

The message reached the Minute Men in the area and the Lincoln Minute Men able to arrive at the NorthBridge before the British soldiers got there.


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13 thoughts on the matter:

Tom said... {Reply}

...now this is my kind of place! Thanks for stopping by.

prideinphotos.com said... {Reply}

The boys got a furry friend? How adorable!!!!! SO happy for them. Laurie

indah nuria Savitri said... {Reply}

interesting place loaded with history! Love to check it out indeed

Dara @ Not In Jersey said... {Reply}

I love places like this and I love that song!

Ida said... {Reply}

well that little "snafu" in your trip turned out to be a fun adventure. What a neat place you got to visit. I enjoyed reading about it and seeing your photos. - Also love that song.

Alexa T said... {Reply}

Hello Tamar!
Great place to visit and to have lunch; I like to read about such places and I must say that the ceramic pots look so similar with our traditional ones, somehow. So interesting aspects captured! History is always amazing.
Many thanks for sharing. A great day and week, too! Alexa

bettyl-NZ said... {Reply}

What a fantastic bit of history! I recognized the song from the first phrase :)

Jeanna said... {Reply}

So it wasn't Paul Revere who raised the alarm and used those words?

Felicia said... {Reply}

neat story. beautiful house.

Nancy Chan said... {Reply}

Love all the old treasures. Have a great day!

Clairejustine oxox said... {Reply}

What a fun place to explore :) Thanks for sharing at The Wednesday blog hop.

Chere Mama said... {Reply}

I love the picture with the two windows and the table. Light is so magical in those early American homes.

csuhpat1 said... {Reply}

What a cool place.