Thursday, May 2, 2013

Field Trip -- Lexington and Concord

 Our guide yesterday, in full "reenactor" regalia plus an eccentric golden ostrich feather, is a regular lecturer at the Academy for Lifelong Learning.  Yesterday a busload of us went up to Lexington and Concord, less than two weeks after the anniversary (April 19th) of the battle that began the American Revolution.  Sol, our guide, aka Ebenezer Knox, Jr., has reenacted the battle so often he knew where everyone was at all times.  His costume was handmade. I'm sorry I didn't get the rosy pink stockings he has on, nor the taselled sword hanging on his left side.

The day was as perfect a spring day as anyone could want. The picture above is in Lexington and below, is a picture (from the back -- sorry) of the famous Minuteman statue. I was delighted to learn later in the day when we visited Orchard House, the home of the Alcott family, that Mary Alcott (Louisa's artist sister) was the teacher of Chester French, the artist who not only did the Minuteman statue, but also the Lincoln Memorial.

I am not a history buff and especially not a battle buff so much of Sol's lecture was lost as I stood about here and later on in Concord at the Old North Bridge and gaped at the trees. They are old, graceful and VERY tall.  This is remarkable to me because here on Cape Cod the soil is sandy and not very deep (there's rock underneath).  When I used to come up on the bus from NYC to visit, I knew I was on Cape Cod when the trees became short.  It's a perspective I am not accustomed to but there on those historic sites the trees soared into the sky.  They were truly grand even this early before their leaves have burst out. The current header is a  great tree on the green in Lexington

I used to marvel at the precious elms in Central Park's promenade which were grand in the same way.  Measuring ourselves by the nature around us affects our attitudes, I do believe.  I think that's why I found the Sherpas in the Himalayas are so gentle and kind (along with their Buddhism)

In Concord, after the history lessons were finished and we had our lunch. We went to Orchard House.  More about that in the next post.


4 comments:

Ladydy5 aka: Diane Yates said...

How I would have loved to be on that bus trip. I love old cemeteries and the picture on your heading is the kind I love to stroll through.

June Calender said...

That wonderful old cemetery was in Lexington, one grave was Col. Parker who was the first person killed in that famous battle; another was a British soldier also killed that day in the first skirmish. 2300 others died (mostly British) in the subsequent retreat of the British toward Boston. Concord also has an old cemetery near the middle of town, but we were eager for our late lunch and didn't walk through it.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

June -- I believe you are becomming quite fascinated with the history of your new area. You show strong signs of interest. Beautiful photo of the cemetery -- the old tombstones are so interesting. -- barbara

June Calender said...

Thank you both. This area,of course, is so rich in history. And, so many people around here know so much about it, it's rubbing off.