Counting on surprise, the British marched confidently to Concord on April 19, 1775, to confiscate a cache of rebel arms. But they were preceded on this road by riders warning of their approach--including Paul Revere, who was captured by a British scouting party near the town line. Hours later, the Redcoats were in a desperate retreat along the same route, harassed by swelling numbers of colonists who sniped at the soldiers from behind stone walls and trees.
Now it's commuters who make the daily round-trip along the Battle Road, but visitors can also drive, walk or bike it. Some sections have their original dirt and clay surface, and several houses which the British marched past still stand. The site of Revere's capture is marked by a plaque at the roadside. His midnight ride is re-enacted every Patriots' Day Eve. Multi-media presentations are given every half hour from 9:30am-4:30pm.