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Munroe Tavern November 22, 2014

Posted by flashbuzzer in History.
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I recently visited the Munroe Tavern in Lexington. This museum is dedicated to telling the story of the Munroe family and recounting the events of the Battle of Lexington.

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

1. William Munroe fought for the losing Scottish forces at the Battle of Worcester. He was then sent across the Atlantic as an indentured servant. One of his descendants, who was also named William Munroe, owned the Munroe Tavern in Lexington, and he fought at the Battle of Lexington. Another of his descendants, John Munroe, also fought at the Battle of Lexington, and he was so eager to attack the British forces that he accidentally double-loaded his musket, causing part of it to blow off when he fired his first shot. The second child of William Munroe – the one who owned the Munroe Tavern – would later marry into the Muzzey family.

2. The Munroe Tavern featured a “turkey breast” cabinet, which enabled customers to catch up on the Lexington news. The tavern itself was converted into a field hospital and headquarters by the British forces, as Earl Percy had received several reports that it had a large supply of food. George Washington later dined in the tavern in November 1789 after he had been inaugurated as the first President of the United States; he actually dined in an upstairs room, which was perhaps more appropriate for the President than dining in the taproom on the first floor.

3. During the Revolutionary War, British officers wore buttons that signified their regiment. Each officer also wore a gorget that signified his rank, and they would wear hats with “REX” stitched on them to indicate their loyalty to King George III. Some officers could be quite cruel; they would punish their subordinates for any real – or perceived – infractions by tightening their collars with a piece of string, making it difficult for them to breathe. Also, grenadiers were usually chosen based on their height.

The tour guide was friendly and informative; she told me that General Gage had ordered his forces to seize musket balls at the colonial militia’s arsenal in Concord and dump them in nearby streams, rendering them useless for battle. I also enjoyed standing in the room where George Washington dined, as it included the chair that he used for that meal.

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

Overall I enjoyed my time at the museum, and I would definitely recommend it to history buffs who are exploring the Lexington area.

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