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

Old Belfry

 
 
Old Belfry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 15, 2009
1. Old Belfry Marker
Inscription. This belfry was erected on this hill in 1761 and removed to the Common in 1768. In it was hung the bell which rung out the alarm on the 19th of April 1775.

In 1797 it was removed to the Parker Homestead in the south part of the town.

In 1891 it was brought back to this hill by the Lexington Historical Society.

Destroyed by a gale 1909, rebuilt 1910.
 
Location. 42° 26.896′ N, 71° 13.846′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is on Clarke Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is accessible from a trail that begins on Clarke Street, just south of the Battle Green. Marker is in this post office area: Lexington MA 02420, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lexington Minuteman (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Marrett and Nathan Munroe House (about 300 feet away); Line of the Minutemen (about 300 feet away); Lexington Meeting Houses (about 300 feet away); Lexington Green (about 400 feet away); This Flag Pole (about 400 feet away); The Site of the Old Belfry (about 400 feet away but has been reported missing); Rendezvous of the Minute Men (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Lexington.
 
Related marker.
Old Belfry in Lexington image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 15, 2009
2. Old Belfry in Lexington
Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. See where the Old Belfy stood on the night of April 19, 1775, when it sounded the alarm.
 
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.) 

3. The Battle of Lexington. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on May 7, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsWar, US Revolutionary
 
Old Belfry Prior to its Destruction and Reconstruction in 1909-10 image. Click for full size.
circa 1907
3. Old Belfry Prior to its Destruction and Reconstruction in 1909-10
Old Belfry - From this Belfry Paul Revere rang out the Alarm on the morning of the morning of 19th of April, 1775, to warn the people of the approach of the British.
Former Site of the Old Belfry image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 15, 2009
4. Former Site of the Old Belfry
On the night of April 19, 1775, the bell of the Old Belfry rang out the alarm that the British soldiers were marching on Lexington. The Belfry was located here, on the Lexington Battle Green.
 
 
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