Robinson Historic Trail March On Patriots’ Day

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This year we commemorate the 241st anniversary of the events at Lexington and Concord.  It also marks the 42nd anniversary of the Col. John Robinson Trail walk, established to commemorate the march made by Westford’s minute and militia men on that important day in 1775.

MinutemenMembers of the Westford Colonial Minutemen welcome all who are interested in taking part in this special event.  Departing at 5:00am on Monday, April 18th from the Westford common, the former militia training field, we will walk the 10 miles to Concord’s North Bridge, retracing the steps of those who became Westford’s first Revolutionary War soldiers.  After arriving at the bridge, participants can join in the annual Patriot’s Day celebrations in Concord.

Just prior to the bicentennial of the Revolutionary War in 1976, members of the modern Westford Minutemen researched the most probable route taken as men from Westford responded to the “Lexington Alarm.”  From this work a map was produced and the route was named after Westford’s John Robinson, Lt. Colonel of the local minuteman regiment.  Robinson helped to lead – along with Concord’s Major John Buttrick and Acton’s Capt. Isaac Davis – the column of minute and militia men whose march toward the North Bridge sparked the now famous skirmish with British regulars.

The map that was produced from this work shows the route starting from the center of Westford, traveling down Boston, Carlisle and Old Roads before bearing right onto West Street in Carlisle.  From there it follows Lowell Road in Concord and turns left onto Barnes Hill Road before reaching the bridge.

Those interested in participating in this year’s walk should contact Dan Lacroix at 692-5198 for the latest details.  Participants must come prepared with comfortable walking shoes, water, and snacks, and arrange for a return ride from Concord.   Further information about this year’s march, can be found at