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Lexington in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Cambridge Farms

 
 
Cambridge Farms Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 15, 2009
1. Cambridge Farms Marker
Inscription. In 1642, 11 men were proprietors of land grants in Lexington, using their land here for farming or holding it for speculation while living in Cambridge. By 1682, about 30 families lived in Lexington, then known as Cambridge Farms. Disliking the long trip to Cambridge for church, they petitioned the General Court to establish their own parish. Cambridge residents resisted this for almost ten years, but finally in 1691, the families of Cambridge Farms gained independence. The town was formally incorporated under the new name of Lexington in 1713.

They built the first little Meeting House in the fork between the Bedford and Concord Roads. When they needed more room for a larger church-meeting house, a school and other public functions, they purchased “common land.” Nearby were the parsonís house, the burial ground and the tavern. Although that first meeting house and school are gone, several early buildings do remain. Look for the Buckman Tavern, the Hancock-Clarke House and the Burial Ground near the Common.
 
Location. 42° 26.991′ N, 71° 13.874′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Harrington Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lexington MA 02420, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Lexington Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 15, 2009
2. Lexington Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Battle Green (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Lexington Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); House of Jonathan Harrington (within shouting distance of this marker); The Site of the Old Belfry (within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing); Lexington Green (within shouting distance of this marker); This Flag Pole (within shouting distance of this marker); Lexington Meeting Houses (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marrett and Nathan Munroe House (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Lexington.
 
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker contains a map of Lexington Center with the location of Cambridge Farms indicated.
 
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Lexington. (Submitted on April 30, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Battle at Lexington Green, 1775. The Start of the American Revolution and the "shot heard round the world." from EyeWitness to History.com. (Submitted on April 30, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Buckman Tavern Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 15, 2009
3. Buckman Tavern
This tavern is located within sight of the marker. The Minute Men of Lexington congregated here before the Battle of Lexington on April 19, 1775.
Hancock-Clarke House Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 15, 2009
4. Hancock-Clarke House
Samuel Adams and John Hancock were in this house on the night of April 19, 1775 when Paul Revere and Williams Dawes stopped by to warn them that the British soldiers were on their way.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,274 times since then and 77 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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