The Lexington Belfry

It looks like I’m modeling, but I’m really watching a squirrel in a tree.

Tucked away on a wooded hilltop in historic downtown Lexington, Mass., the Belfry was built in this location in 1762, but was moved to the Battle Green in 1768.

It held the bell that signaled danger at the beginning of the Revolutionary War on April 19, 1775.

The original Belfry was destroyed in a 1909 gale, a reproduction was built in its original location in 1910. Today, it holds a 19th century bell, which is tolled each year to signal the beginning of the Patriots Day reenactment.

FYI, the path to this location is basically a bunch of uneven rocks, so if you have balance issues, a stroller in tow, or have sipped a few glasses of wine, this probably isn’t the easiest site to get to.

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