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Beautiful Rebels: 4 Revolutionary War Sites To See in New England

Make like Paul Revere and saddle up for a tour of the best revolutionary war sites in New England. We the bloggers pledge to deliver you a more perfect July 4 weekend in honor of our more perfect Union. While we’re sure you know the basics about the fight for American Independence, there’s nothing quite like some living history in the form of a scenic New England attraction to bring the saga back into vivid color. The following locations all around New England are loaded with colonial intrigue, and go well with a camera, a cold drink, and some tasteful red white and blue.

A blue cannon
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“The Declaration of Independence, the Midnight Ride, Valley Forge—the whole glorious chronicle of the colonists’ rebellion against tyranny is in the American DNA.” -The Smithsonian Online

The Freedom Trail, Boston, MA

Kimberly Vardeman - Old South Boston Flickr: Kimberly Vardeman (CC BY 2.0)

Boston is chalk-full of revolutionary history –– the city played a huge role in the movement’s launch –– and it’s easily accessible from every corner. Use your own two feet to get closer to the drama of the 1700’s via The Freedom Trail, a 2.5 mile and 16 point self-guided walking route where “every step tells a story.”

Fort Griswold, New London, CT

While you could always hit Lexington and Concord or go down South to experience an iconic Revolutionary War battle site, we think you should go off the beaten path and visit an oft-overlooked site in Connecticut. Fort Griswold is the site of a 1781 British siege on the “defenders” or the local militia who held their ground in the fort as the red-backed troops stormed. No battlefield has a happy story, and Griswold is the same, however, the hilltop view of the Thames River and waterfront towns will boost your mood after pondering bloodshed.

Bennington Monument, Bennington, VT

Brian - Bennington Monument
Flickr: Brian (CC BY 2.0)

An extra special Revolutionary war site in New England, the Bennington Monument claims to be “the turning point of the American Revolution.” It was here that the colonists went on the defensive against the British and surprise attacked them on their way to re-supply. The limestone tower that commends this decisive move is 306 feet tall and plenty visible from the highway. However, nothing beats an up-close look.

Battle of Rhode Island, Aquidneck Island, RI

Throw the French into the battle mix and you have the incredibly messy Battle of Rhode Island. If you’re looking to get a revisionist experience of a Revolutionary War site in New England, this location is highly notable for the participation of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment which had a high count of African American and Native American soldiers. From Churches to battle sites with many a picturesque pit-stop in between –– the Revolutionary War sites in New England will take you on an authentic July 4 adventure. Plus, just like New England overall, they make great destinations at absolutely any time of the year!