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Posted on: July 15, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Battle Road Byway Committee Launches New Website

The Battle Road Byway Committee announces the availability of its new website The website provides an integrated overview of the path the British Troops followed during the battles that started the American Revolution on April 19, 1775. The Byway runs along 15 miles of roads in the Communities of: Arlington, Lexington, Lincoln, Concord, and the Minuteman National Historical Park.

The Battle Road is significant for its role in the American Revolution and this website provides an integrated overview of iconic sites and events such as Paul Revere’s Ride and his ultimate capture by the British, the Battle at Lexington Common, the Battle at Old North Bridge – “the shot heard ‘round the world”, The British Retreat to Boston, bloody skirmishes between British troops and the Minutemen along the route, including the bloodiest battle at the Jason Russel House, where over 40 deaths occurred including 13 American Militia. All of this Revolutionary War history, with associated maps and explanatory text, is captured in one easy to use searchable web site.

The Byway’s theme is “Roads to Revolution” because the Battle Road Byway captures the legacies of other Revolutions that have occurred in our history along this famous route: revolutions in Independence and Interdependence, Literature, Environment and Ecology and Modern Technology. Information on people or places such as Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walden Pond, MIT’s Lincoln Laboratories, the de Cordova Museum, and over 200 other points of interest, is all easily available and linkable to similar and related topics all along the Battle Road. The web site has separate pages on each of the major towns – Arlington, Lexington, Lincoln, Concord, and their respective highlights of interest. The web site also has separate sections on topics such as Architecture, History, Literature, and Nature, all of which are cross linked amongst each other and to the host towns. There is also a section which highlights opportunities for activities such as hiking, biking, canoeing, nature exploring which can be arranged and organized to travel throughout various parts of the Byway, its Towns and the National Park.

Early reviews of the web site have generated comments such as, “such history; it’s beautiful – so many photos; easy to use with cross link places and activities; so much to see and do who knew!” As we, in historic greater Boston, begin the ramp up to the 250th anniversary of our Revolutionary Journey which started on April 19, 1775, the Battle Road Scenic Byway will be a centerpiece of the celebrations. See it and experience it now.

The Battle Road Byway Committee is a joint venture by the towns of Concord, Arlington, Lexington, Lincoln, and the National Park Service to provide stewardship to the Byway’s resources. The Byway Committee partners with Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area, MassDOT, and other stakeholders. For more information, contact: Heather Gill, Scenic Byway Committee member and Senior Planner for the Town of Concord,

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