The Munroe Tavern Reopens After Renovation

The timeline of the British advance and retreat on April 19th.

The Lexington tavern that once hosted George Washington has been re-opened to the public after a lengthy archeological dig and restoration project.

From the beautifully renovated exterior, to the sleek new Elsa O. Sullivan Program Center, the house is now ready for the next hundred years of history. The new climate-controlled Munroe Tavern will house the Historical Center’s artifact collection and pay tribute to the British soldiers who fought on April 19th.

As the exhausted British returned from Concord on their way back to Boston, they commandeered the Munroe Tavern to use as a makeshift hospital for their wounded. More than 100 soldiers were wounded in battle that day; 73 died. A colorful timeline in the Program Center traces the events of the day from the British perspective.

Britain’s Consul General to Boston, Phil Budden attended the dedication ceremony as did Representative Jay Kaufman and State Senator Ken Donnelly. Elsa Sullivan cut the ribbon.

 

 

Elsa Sullivan is escorted to the event by Bill Mix (left) and Bill Poole (right) of the Lexington Minute Men Company.Elsa Sullivan (center) celebrates the dedication of the Program Center that bears here name with State Senator Ken Donnelly (left) and State Representative Jay Kaufman (right). For years Elsa served as Docent of the Munroe Tavern.From left to right: Bill Mix of the Lexington Minute Men Company, Lexington Historical Society President Paul Ross, Lexington Historical Society Director Susan Bennett, Munroe Tavern Benefactor Elsa O. Sullivan, Paul O'Shaughnessy of the British 10th Regiment of Foot and Phil Budden, British Consul General to New England.

 

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