Make the Concord Museum—a gateway to Concord’s history—part of your family’s 2017 Patriots’ Day tradition as we commemorate “the shot heard ‘round the world” with activities for visitors of all ages.
Explore the Concord Museum’s outstanding collection of treasures from April, 1775 including the famous “one, if by land, two, if by sea” Revere lantern; a sword from one of the soldiers of the British 10th Regiment; the sword of Minuteman James Barrett; a pair of pistols belonging to Major John Buttrick, the officer in the Concord Militia who gave the order to fire; and a fife played by a young boy. In the “Defending Concord” history gallery, discover the part these objects played in the events of the fateful day that began an eight-year fight for independence.
As the Concord Annual Patriots’ Day Parade heads through the center of town, make sure to stop by historic Wright Tavern from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. for more fun and games! Play colonial games and learn about the history of Wright Tavern, constructed in 1747, and the role the tavern played on April 19, 1775. Wright Tavern activities are free and open to the public.
Concord Museum Patriots’ Day activities are made possible in part with the generous support of the Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati.
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Concord Museum is Open
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Silversmith Demonstration (Brooke Hall)
Drop by the Concord Museum to see craftsman Steve Smithers as he demonstrates how he makes pieces inspired by 18th century designs. Included with museum admission, members free.
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Quill Pen Writing and Feather Quill Making (Museum Courtyard)
Try your hand at using a feather quill and ink to write like a revolutionary! Then make your own to take home. Included with museum admission, members free.
noon – 3:00 p.m. Brown’s Company returns to Concord Museum (Museum Lawn)
“Armed as According to Law: Captain David Brown’s Company of Minute Men” Captain David Brown’s company—a group of Concord Minute Men who fought at the North Bridge in 1775—assembles on the lawn of the Museum from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 15. Visit with the Company, watch musket demonstrations, cartridge rolling, cooking, and other preparations for battle, and learn about militia duty in colonial Massachusetts and what it meant to be “armed as according to law.” Free and open to the public.
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Defending Concord – Collections Spotlight (Concord Museum)
Drop by and hear about why the British Regulars marched towards Concord on April 19th 1775. Then learn more about the colonial militia’s supplies and arms hidden in Concord prior to the first battle of the American Revolution. Included with Museum admission, members free.
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Brown’s Company moves to historic Wright Tavern in Concord Center (Wright Tavern)
Join the company at the historic Wright Tavern in Concord Center from 3:00-5:00 p.m. The tavern was the site where many minute men met on the morning of April 19, 1775 as they prepared for battle. Learn more about the tavern and the events of that morning from Captain Brown’s Company and Concord Museum staff. Free and open to the public.
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Concord Museum is Open
9:00 a.m. Concord Patriots’ Day Parade begins
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Wright Tavern Open House (Wright Tavern)
As the Concord Annual Patriots’ Day Parade heads through the center of town, make sure to stop by historic Wright Tavern from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. for some fun and games! Play colonial games and learn about the history of Wright Tavern, constructed in 1747, and the role the tavern played on April 19, 1775. Free and open to the public.
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Colonial Crafts (Concord Museum)
Join us for crafts and activities from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in the Museum lobby. After you explore the history of Concord in our museum galleries, make your own tricorn hat, thaumatrope, and corn husk doll. Included with museum admission, members free.
11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Gallery Talk in Defending Concord (Concord Museum)
Learn about the objects that witnessed the historic events of 1775 and get a closer look at the lantern that hung in the steeple of the Old North Church, used to signal the colonial militia that the British regulars were marching towards Concord! Free with Museum admission, members free.
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Hill Burying Ground Walking Tour (Wright Tavern)
Take a walk from Wright Tavern to the Hill Burying Ground to get the same view of Concord depicted in the View of the Town of Concord by Amos Doolittle. Learn about the events of April 19, 1775 and how the colonists and the British experienced the first official battle of the American Revolution. Free and open to the public.
2:00 – 2:20 p.m. Gallery Talk in the 1775 Period Room (Concord Museum)
Learn about material culture and daily life at the start of the revolution by taking a closer look at the Concord Museum’s 1775 period room. The furnishings and objects in this gallery allow for a better understanding of women’s roles in the revolution as well as how the British tax on tea and other goods sparked a revolution. Included with museum admission, members free.