This region, west and north of Boston, is a hotbed of revolutionaries. The town greens and monuments of Lexington and Concord attest to the region’s critical role in the American Revolution; Lowell’s sturdy mill buildings are reminders of the city's prominent role in the American Industrial Revolution.
Exhibits and guided tours of the Lowell National Historical Park chronicle the shift from farm to factory, the rise of immigrant labor, and the industrial technology that fueled these changes. Its Boott Cotton Mills Museum features an operating weave room whose 88 power looms generate a deafening clatter (ear plugs provided). Just steps away, you’ll find a cluster of lively art museums and galleries, including the New England Quilt Museum and the Revolving Museum. How about a visit to the Public Health Museum in Tewksbury? It's home to artifacts in the field of Public Health. The Lowell Folk Festival is an exuberant celebration of the city’s multicultural heritage. Every Patriots’ Day (the third Monday in April), a band of Patriots and Redcoats gathers on Lexington Green at dawn to reenact the famous Battle of Lexington and the “shot heard ‘round the world." Concord lays claim to some of the greatest names in 19th-century American literature: Louisa May Alcott
The Liberty Ride whisks visitors around to all the major historic sites and attractions in Lexington and Concord in the comfort of a 21st-century bus. One ticket provides riders with all-day step-on and step-off service. Also make sure to visit Minute Man National Historical Park.
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