Col. John Robinson Trail Walk-Westford to Concord
The Col. John Robinson Historic Trail marks the route of Westford's minute and militia companies during their march to Concord on the morning of April 19th, 1775. Once informed of the alarm, Lt. Col. Robinson set off for Concord by horseback from his home on present day Robinson Rd. He and several others from Westford arrived in time to participate in the provincial response to the expedition of the British regulars. The remainder of the militia marched to the North Bridge, arriving shortly after the battle. Some portion of them continued onward throughout the day, harassing the regulars along the Battle Road until they reached Cambridge.
Today, members of the Westford Colonial Minutemen welcome all who are interested in retracing the steps of Westford’s first Revolutionary War soldiers. The trail is traditionally walked by members of our community prior to the Concord Parade, which is typically on Patriot's Day. The 10 mile march starts shortly after 4:45AM and can be completed by approximately 8:00-9:00AM depending on the pace. Note that historical clothing is not necessary to participate, simply an interest in the experience!
Important Notes for Participants:
If you wish to participate in all or part of the trail march, and don't want to walk all the way back, please make sure that you arrange for a return ride from Concord!
Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring adequate water and snacks, and wear clothing appropriate for the morning's weather. The commemorative walk will occur rain or shine (well, unless it's really raining!).