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Happy Easter, the day here was magnificent, hopefully you will find this post inspiring.

The text below is from the National Park web site for this national Historic Monument. The ideas that were discussed and debated here were acted upon in the action on April 19th, 1775. They were globally important. I wasn’t the first such attempt but it is the one that took off and set the standard that is still the measure of freedom today; this was the beginning.

Wright's Tavern stood in the center of Concord. With the public meetinghouse on one side and the militia training ground on the other, it was a favorite resort of Concord's leading citizens for both business and pleasure, and thus played an important role in the transaction of the town's civil and military business. Built in 1747 by Ephraim Jones, who operated it until 1751, the tavern was managed during the portentous days of April 1775 by Amos Wright, whose name it has borne ever since. On April 19, when the courthouse bell announced the approach of Major Pitcairn's British troops, the Concord minutemen assembled at Wright's Tavern. Later, after Pitcairn's arrival in the public square, the British officers took refreshments in the tavern. As the scene of these events, the tavern has important associations with the opening military episode of the Revolution.

It also has associations with the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts Bay which met next door, in the First Parish Church, in October 1774. This congress, with John Hancock as president and Benjamin Lincoln as secretary, consisted of 300 delegates from Massachusetts towns who passed measures ending tax payments to the Crown and organizing a militia force to defy the King by arms if necessary. Wright's Tavern was used as a meeting place for committees of the Congress during the 5-day session, and also provided refreshments for the delegates.

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