On Saturday, Oct. 27, Minute Man National Historical Park and the organization Save Our Heritage will host an event to celebrate the completed restoration and to transfer ownership of the Col. James Barrett House.
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, who has worked since 2007 to facilitate bringing Barrett's Farm into the confines of the National Park, will speak at the event along with a representative from Save Our Heritage and other public officials, according to a press release from Tsongas' office.
The celebration will also feature a Revolutionary War reenactment, tours of the Barrett House and surrounding area, and the formal handing over of the Barrett House key to the National Park..
According to the press release, the Barrett House, built in 1705, has been under restoration by Save Our Heritage for the past 8 years. The Barrett Farm, a major storehouse for military weapons and supplies, played a critical role in the first battle of the American Revolution. The restoration has been partly funded by a Department of the Interior grant, as well as local and private funding.
In 2009, Tsongas worked to create Congressional legislation to expand the boundaries of Minute Man National Historical Park to include Barrett’s Farm. In August 2012, the National Park Service obtained ownership of the Barrett House and surrounding 3.4 acres from Save Our Heritage.
“The Barrett House project is a model of what we can do when key stakeholders unite behind a vision for our community and our heritage and work to make it a reality,” Tsongas said in the press release. “Since taking office, I have worked to carry on the legacy left by my predecessor Congressman Marty Meehan and the late Senator Ted Kennedy, who both believed in this project and in preserving the integrity of the historical treasures woven into our national identity. Each milestone reached here at Barrett Farm represents the crucial public/private partnership that was necessary to accomplish this long-term restoration and to secure it as a significant national landmark.”
The celebration will take place at Barrett Farm (back yard), 448 Barrett's Mill Road in Concord, on Saturday at 11 a.m.
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