Motoring through Lexington & Concord
by Chet Webster, posted July 9 2014
Paul Revere’s Ride! The shot heard ‘round the world! Great American poets have influenced how we think about the start of the American Revolution. On Sunday May 18th we heard part of the real story. And we saw a lot of the places where, by the end of that first day of battle, over 4,000 colonials chased 700 British regulars back to Charlestown from Concord.
We had a great turnout! With seventeen cars in the caravan, including friends from The Avanti Owners Association, Intl., we left the Webster’s house in Lexington about one o’clock.
With our colonial forebears figuratively in the lead, we set off as a caravan of modern colonials including Gary & Jane Ash, Jaime Cardillo & Kim McKeown, Paul & Lynne Derosier, Paul Desautels, Bob & Elizabeth, Samantha and Garreth Gray, Dennis & Elaine Jolicoeur, Christian Jolicoeur, Arthur & Maria Masmanian, Charlie & Lorraine Peckham, Doug & Mickey Rodgers, Kathy & Jack Rodhouse, Paul & Pam Savard, Dan Takesian & Cathy Dreisel, Dave & Janet Thibeault, Tom Toomey & Peggy Clarke, Bill Waterhouse, Chet & Ann Webster.
Our first stop was to walk the Old Burying Ground behind St. Brigid’s church and on to the National Historic Landmark, the Lexington Battle Green, where the first shots in anger were fired and where the first eight colonials were killed by British regulars on the morning of April 19, 1775.
The British marched to Concord that warm April morning, on the road then called the Bay Road. We followed that same road and stopped next at the Minute Man National Historical Park Visitor’s Center. We watched a well-made 20 minute multi-media theater program called “The Road to Revolution”. The narrative followed the action along the Bay Road on that first day of The American Revolution. Our band of modern colonials proceeded along the same Bay Road, today called The Battle Road, but we did not have to walk. We were lucky enough to ride, mounted on our Studebakers (and Avantis)!
Next, we motored out to Concord’s North Bridge to see where the colonials met and fought the British on a farmer’s bridge. We walked the replica of the bridge and posed for pictures before the statue of the Concord Minute Man (similar to the Minute Man statue on the Lexington Battle Green).
Finally, we motored out of town on one of the prettier New England roads in the area passing well-manicured mansions and the occasional remaining farm. We cruised through five towns in all and drove through the center of Bedford just before four o’clock. Burgers, fish and chips and – okay – beer! at Waxy O’Connor’s Irish Pub in Lexington helped our Studebaker Colonials gear up for a final Revolution Quiz run by Ann Webster. The questions were hard! But winners were chosen and we all were winners in our very own Revolutionary ride.
Motoring through Lexington & Concord Gallery