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12 key Revolutionary War monuments in the Boston area, mapped

These include the nation’s oldest war memorial and cannon seized from the British army

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No other region in the nation has quite the connection to the Revolutionary War as does Boston and its environs (British-free since March 1776).

Not surprisingly, then, the area also hosts some of the country's most notable monuments and memorials commemorating the conflict.

Among these are the oldest intact war memorial in the United States and testaments to the first battles of the war, not to mention some cannon captured from George III’s army and never returned.

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1. Minuteman Statue

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174 Liberty St
Concord, MA 01742

Concord's Minuteman Statue dates from 1875. It looms in Minuteman National Park, which marks the first two battles of the Revolution.

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2. Lexington Minuteman Statue

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Massachusetts Ave.
Lexington, MA

Erected in 1900 and depicting militia Captain John Parker, the statue stands at one end of the Lexington Green, which is situated among the scene of the first battle of the Revolutionary War.

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3. Revolutionary Monument

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Massachusetts Ave.
Lexington, MA

Also on the Lexington Green, the Revolutionary Monument is the nation's oldest intact war memorial. It was dedicated on July 4, 1799.

In 1835, remains of soldiers who died in the battle there were transferred to the rear of the monument.

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4. Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

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105 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-4491
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In late July 1775, George Washington established his headquarters for the Siege of Boston at this house, which John Vassall, a British loyalist, owned. Martha Washington joined the Continental Army commander here in December 1775.

 Writer Henry Wadsworth Longfellow made the house his home in the next century, hence its name.

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5. Cambridge Common Cannons

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Garden St. and Mass. Ave.
Cambridge, MA

The Continental Army seized these three cannons after the British evacuated the Boston area in March 1776.

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6. Old Powder House

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850 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144

In September 1774, nearly 300 British troops stole gunpowder stored at the tower. The action shocked colonists and helped precipitate the war.

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7. Fort Washington Mounds

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Waverly Street
Cambridge, MA

George Washington ordered three batteries to be built for cannon aimed at the British then stationed in Boston across the river.

These mounds are what’s left, the last reminder of the Continental Army’s Cambridge presence that dates uninterrupted to the 18th century.

The park also includes five life-size, painted-steel silhouettes, including of four Continental Army troops.

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8. George Washington Equestrian Statue

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Boston Public Garden
Boston, MA

At 38 feet high (with 11 feet underground mooring it), this bronze monument depicting the first president in his Revolutionary garb is one of Boston’s biggest single pieces of public art.

Thomas Ball sculpted it, and it was unveiled in 1869.

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9. Bunker Hill Monument

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31 Monument Sq
Boston, MA
(617) 242-5641
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The monument commemorates the first major battle of the Revolutionary War on June 17, 1775. It was technically a British win, though the steadfastness of American soldiers signaled a longer conflict to come.

The 221-foot obelisk—with a statue of American commander William Prescott in front—dates from 1842 and its interior is open most days for climbing; and there’s a museum across the street dedicated to the battle and the surrounding Charlestown neighborhood.

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10. Boston Massacre Memorial

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State St.
Boston, MA

In March 1770, British soldiers opened fire on a crowd of demonstrators, killing five and wounding 11. The event was part of a chain reaction that led to the war.

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11. Paul Revere House

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19 North Sq
Boston, MA
(617) 523-2338
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The revolutionary and his family occupied this house dating from 1680 for much of the time between 1770 and 1800.

It is a monument to Revere’s contributions to American independence as well as a neat peak into life in Boston 200-plus years ago.

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12. Dorchester Heights Monument

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95 G St
Boston, MA 02127

As the City of Boston puts it, "Dorchester Heights is famous for a battle that never happened." Basically, the British ceded the heights to Washington's fortified troops there, and evacuated Boston in March 1776.

The marble monument atop the heights was dedicated in 1902.

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1. Minuteman Statue

174 Liberty St, Concord, MA 01742
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Concord's Minuteman Statue dates from 1875. It looms in Minuteman National Park, which marks the first two battles of the Revolution.

174 Liberty St
Concord, MA 01742

2. Lexington Minuteman Statue

Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, MA
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Erected in 1900 and depicting militia Captain John Parker, the statue stands at one end of the Lexington Green, which is situated among the scene of the first battle of the Revolutionary War.

Massachusetts Ave.
Lexington, MA

3. Revolutionary Monument

Massachusetts Ave., Lexington, MA
Mass. Office of Tourism

Also on the Lexington Green, the Revolutionary Monument is the nation's oldest intact war memorial. It was dedicated on July 4, 1799.

In 1835, remains of soldiers who died in the battle there were transferred to the rear of the monument.

Massachusetts Ave.
Lexington, MA

4. Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site

105 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
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In late July 1775, George Washington established his headquarters for the Siege of Boston at this house, which John Vassall, a British loyalist, owned. Martha Washington joined the Continental Army commander here in December 1775.

 Writer Henry Wadsworth Longfellow made the house his home in the next century, hence its name.

105 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

5. Cambridge Common Cannons

Garden St. and Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA
Daderot/Wikipedia

The Continental Army seized these three cannons after the British evacuated the Boston area in March 1776.

Garden St. and Mass. Ave.
Cambridge, MA

6. Old Powder House

850 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
Wikipedia Common

In September 1774, nearly 300 British troops stole gunpowder stored at the tower. The action shocked colonists and helped precipitate the war.

850 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02144

7. Fort Washington Mounds

Waverly Street, Cambridge, MA
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George Washington ordered three batteries to be built for cannon aimed at the British then stationed in Boston across the river.

These mounds are what’s left, the last reminder of the Continental Army’s Cambridge presence that dates uninterrupted to the 18th century.

The park also includes five life-size, painted-steel silhouettes, including of four Continental Army troops.

Waverly Street
Cambridge, MA

8. George Washington Equestrian Statue

Boston Public Garden, Boston, MA
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At 38 feet high (with 11 feet underground mooring it), this bronze monument depicting the first president in his Revolutionary garb is one of Boston’s biggest single pieces of public art.

Thomas Ball sculpted it, and it was unveiled in 1869.

Boston Public Garden
Boston, MA

9. Bunker Hill Monument

31 Monument Sq, Boston, MA
Robert Glusic/Getty Images

The monument commemorates the first major battle of the Revolutionary War on June 17, 1775. It was technically a British win, though the steadfastness of American soldiers signaled a longer conflict to come.

The 221-foot obelisk—with a statue of American commander William Prescott in front—dates from 1842 and its interior is open most days for climbing; and there’s a museum across the street dedicated to the battle and the surrounding Charlestown neighborhood.

31 Monument Sq
Boston, MA

10. Boston Massacre Memorial

State St., Boston, MA
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In March 1770, British soldiers opened fire on a crowd of demonstrators, killing five and wounding 11. The event was part of a chain reaction that led to the war.

State St.
Boston, MA

11. Paul Revere House

19 North Sq, Boston, MA
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The revolutionary and his family occupied this house dating from 1680 for much of the time between 1770 and 1800.

It is a monument to Revere’s contributions to American independence as well as a neat peak into life in Boston 200-plus years ago.

19 North Sq
Boston, MA

12. Dorchester Heights Monument

95 G St, Boston, MA 02127
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As the City of Boston puts it, "Dorchester Heights is famous for a battle that never happened." Basically, the British ceded the heights to Washington's fortified troops there, and evacuated Boston in March 1776.

The marble monument atop the heights was dedicated in 1902.

95 G St
Boston, MA 02127

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