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New England Places To Visit on Patriots Day Weekend

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Last week was the 104th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. There is a Titanic Musum in the Indian Orchard neighborhood of Springfield, Mass. Displayed are artifacts from the great ship and its passengers, including blueprints of the ship, the message warning about the iceberg and Mrs. Astor’s life jacket. The museum is open year-round on weekdays from 10-4, Saturdays 10-3. For more information click here.

Cape Cod offers two Titanic-related places to visit: The Chatham Marconi Maritime Center. Guglielmo Marconi’s wireless station in Chatham received the distress signals from the Titanic and relayed them to the Carpathia. The museum is Marconi Maritime Center is dedicated to the history of the wireless station that operated in Chatham for many years. It doesn’t officially open until June 17, but this weekend it’s hosting a 95th anniversary celebration. Click here for a schedule of events.  You can also walk the grounds of the Marconi-RCA National Register District and take in the outdoor Antenna Field Trail exhibit at any time.

Or you can head to South Wellfleet to see the site of Marconi’s first wireless station on Cape Cod. Most of it is gone, but you can see some remnants of the station’s towers in the sand. Today the site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and part of Cape Cod National Seashore.

Henry Knox

Fort Ticonderoga from Lake Champlain

Fort Ticonderoga from Lake Champlain

Henry Knox was a rotund bookseller who studied military science in his bookstore before joining the Continental Army. He famously led the expedition hauling a train of cannon from Fort Ticonderoga to Dorchester Heights in Boston, where Washington trained them on the British and forced them to evacuate.

After the war, Henry Knox and his wife built a 19-room mansion in Thomaston, Maine, and called it Montpelier. It was torn down but a replica built in its place in the 1920s. Now it’s the Henry Knox Museum, which opens for tours on June 1. There’s a lot to do in the vicinity of Montpelier, described by the New York Times in 36 Hours in Mid-Coast Maine. Click here for more information.

You can follow the Knox Trail over a leisurely 10 hours in your car along a network of roads through city, suburbs and countryside. Click here for a 67-page guide to the Trail.

Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York has been reconstructed on a 2,000-acre museum campus. For more information click here.

Running and Revolution

A reenactor at Minute Man National Historic Park

A reenactor at Minute Man National Historic Park

Boston puts on its best face for the Boston Marathon, the city’s celebration of spring. The days before the marathon are a great time to walk around the historic core of the city. The streets are cleaned of winter detritus, flowers are planted and runners are everywhere. The Boston Globe offers a good guide to watching the Boston Marathon itself. Click here.

Or you can go to the Boston Red Sox’ traditional morning game on the day of the race, and cheer the runners passing by when Fenway Park empties out.

If you prefer revolution to running, join the Patriots Day festivities in Concord and Lexington. Minute Man National Historical Park hosts events throughout the three-day weekend. Reenactors will demonstrate drills and musket firing, lead a walking tour of Bloody Angle, demonstrate battles and stage the North Bridge Commemoration and Concord Parade. In Lexington, the reenactment of the Battle of Lexington will be performed by members of the Lexington Minute Men Company and His Majesty’s Tenth Regiment of Foot at 5:30 am on Monday. For a complete list of events in at Minute Man Park in Concord, click here. For a list of events in Lexington, click here.

In April 1979, a West Hartford woman led police on a high-speed chase on I-684. She had in her car 2,700 tickets, including counterfeits, to the blockbuster King Tut exhibit. Though the King Tut exhibit is gone, there are many historic houses in West Hartford, including the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society.  The house itself is open year-round, seven days a week, and the Historical Society mounts changing exhibits about the history of West Hartford from its colonial days to the present.



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