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National Heritage Museum October 30, 2011

Posted by flashbuzzer in History.
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I recently visited the National Heritage Museum in Lexington. This museum presents several slices of American history, including a detailed exhibit of Freemasonry.

Here are three nuggets that I gleaned from my time at the museum.

1. Farmers used hay hooks to prepare hay for consumption by their cattle. Their objective was to increase the amount of alfalfa and timothy grass in the hay, allowing their cows to produce sweeter-tasting milk.

2. Paul Revere’s arrival in Lexington on the night of his famous Ride spawned a great deal of confusion. John Parker, who was the captain of the town militia, promptly led his troops onto the Lexington Battle Green, yet they did not see any Regular forces. Some of Parker’s men then retired to their nearby homes, awaiting the drum-rolls that would signal them to return to the Battle Green. The other militiamen who lived farther away gathered in Buckman Tavern to wait for the British forces to arrive. Also, John Hancock and Samuel Adams quickly fled from the house of Jonas Clarke, leaving behind a trunk filled with important documents. Revere helped conceal this trunk in a nearby forest.

3. At the outset of the Revolutionary War, many of Lexington’s male residents joined the colonial forces, leaving their farms untended. Also, in the summer of 1775, a smallpox epidemic ravaged the town, causing a sharp decline in its population. In addition, the surviving residents were required to support the war effort by raising money and donating essential supplies. All of these factors spawned a protracted postwar economic depression in Lexington.

The museum had several interesting exhibits, including an impressive gallery – featuring the 58 U.S. national parks – that was shot by Quan-Tuan Luong, and a vintage American flag with 15 stars. Also, admission and parking are free.

I don’t have any quibbles at this time, which is neat.

Overall I enjoyed my time at the museum, and I would definitely recommend it to history buffs.

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