The Hartwell Tavern-Historic fall foliage
To get from the Hartwell Tavern from the Minuteman statue on Lexington green, you would travel up Mass Ave, under route 95 and pick up route 2A which is also known as the N. Great Rd. (see map at bottom)
You pass a large double road on the right which leads to Hanscom Air Force Base. Don’t travel too fast because in less than a half mile on the right, you will see a large parking lot with two entrances about 200 feet apart.
You should have no problem parking as there are two lots to pick from and on the Western edge you’ll see a dirt road heading off in the woods.
You will walk 800 feet along Bedford Lane and you come out on Virginia road (another dirt road) and just ahead of you is the Hartwell Tavern.
All buildings along the battle road such as the Hartwell Tavern are maintained by the National Park Service. The Park service offers educational programs all during the year and if you check the NPS website you can get a listing of places and times, to see if anything coincides with your trip.
Hartwell Tavern on Oct 13th 2004 & 2006
If you come out on Patriots’ Day in April you will see events all along the battle road, recreating the early days of the Revolutionary war, with the British fighting the Colonial Militia. If you wind up here and it’s mid October then you should still find an interpreter (National Park Service employee/historian) at the Tavern to tell you about it.
As you look at the pictures on this page, I want you to be aware that arriving late in the afternoon between 3 and 4 PM on a sunny day should result in good pictures.
In the first picture I photographed the Tavern on October 13, 2004 at 5:19 PM. The second image was taken on October 13, 2006 at 3:50 PM.
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As you can see a little earlier in the afternoon should result in brighter colors between the 10th and 15th of October of your arrival. If you arrive in late September or early October you’ll find sparse color along the battle trail.
You should see at least 25% color development (depending on the year). As you can see from those two images, October 13 is a good date to arrive. If you shot the Lexington monument between 7-9 AM then travel around Concord exploring the area and in the afternoon, straight to the Hartwell Tavern. This should provide some good light for photographing the Tavern and the outbuildings around it.
Below is a map that will take you from Lexington to here in Bedford where the Hartwell Tavern is. The next stop (which will be in another article) will take us out to the old North bridge where the American militia turned back the British troops.
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