First famous as the site of the “shot heard round the world,” the charming town of Lexington, Massachusetts remains a historic favorite.
By Alyson Horrocks
Oct 29 2020
The Revolutionary Monument and old church on the common.Photo Credit : Alyson Horrocks
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With its roots as an unassuming colonial farming community, there was little that would have predicted the pivotal role Lexington, Massachusetts, would play in the start of our nation. Filled with industrial colonists who were deeply engaged in the growing tide toward independence from Great Britain, Lexington’s militia trained and prepared, as best it could, to be ready if battle proved necessary. On April 19, 1775, after receiving word that British Army regulars were on their way to seize the arms and ammunitions of the rebels in Concord, militia men gathered on Lexington’s town common in an effort to stop the advance. It was here that part one of the famous “shot heard round the world” rang out (the larger, more established part two followed later that same day at the Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts), marking the moment that many consider to be the official start of the war for independence.
Though less than 15 miles from Boston, Lexington has managed to retain the bucolic countryside that it has always been known for. History is revered here and every effort is made to preserve the charm of New England’s past. Many old taverns and historic properties can be toured, and with The Minute Man National Historical Park just down the road in Concord, the history of the colonial and revolutionary days is vividly brought to life.
With history as one of its biggest draws, it only makes sense to check into one of Lexington’s gorgeous, historic properties when staying in town. During my last visit, I was a guest of The Inn at Hastings Park, a beautifully restored 19th-century property located within walking distance of Lexington’s main attractions.
The Inn at Hastings Park has been restored as an upscale, boutique hotel, and the environment and service are fabulous! A perfect way to experience old Lexington.
Whether staying at the inn or not, a meal at Artistry on the Green, located inside The Inn at Hastings Park is a must! The ingredients are fresh and local, and everything is exquisitely presented! Dining there is truly an experience.
If you’re on the move and need a quicker bite around town, I love dining at Mario’s Italian Restaurant. For filling, good comfort food, when not wanting to spend a lot of time on a meal, Mario’s has always been a winner for me. Also, while in town don’t forget to take advantage of the shopping downtown and stroll the streets to take in all the old New England architecture.
With its meticulously preserved history in a charming pastoral setting, Lexington is a perfect destination for any history buff or those looking for a quiet getaway. Located only miles from the city, Lexington is an ideal addition to any Boston itinerary, and after visiting all the Revolutionary War sites of Boston, you’ll want to see this quiet, pretty town where the first shots were fired and history was made.
Have you ever visited historic Lexington, Massachusetts?
Special thanks to the Inn at Hastings Park for the invitation to visit Lexington. All opinions expressed are my own. This post was first published in 2017 and has been updated.