Welcome to the website of the Menotomy Minuteman Historical Trail!

    The Menotomy Minuteman Historical Trail tells the exciting history of Arlington, Massachusetts, the site of the most fighting and bloodshed on the opening day of the Revolutionary War, April 19th, 1775. The Trail passes many important historic landmarks in Arlington, such as the Jason Russell House, the Old Schwamb Mill, and the Uncle Sam Memorial. At roughly the halfway point along the trail, walkers stop at the Foot of the Rocks, where the largest engagement occurred as over 1,500 British troops were ambushed by colonial militias from all over Massachusetts at the start of the Revolutionary War.

    The 4-mile Trail follows a loop that begins and ends at the Jefferson Cutter house in Arlington Center. It is designed for self-guided walking tours for anyone interested in American history, including families, school groups, and Boy Scout and Girl Scout units. Parking is available in the municipal parking lot in Arlington Center. Anyone interested in walking the Trail should dress for the weather and wear comfortable, supportive shoes. For those unable to complete the entire loop, there are opportunities to return to the starting point via MBTA buses.

    Trail booklets can be obtained on-line at this website, or at the Jason Russell House, the Jefferson Cutter House, the Old Schwamb Mill, or the Robbins Memorial Library. For more information, feel free to contact us.

Information for Scout Groups

Boy Scout groups planning on hiking the Menotomy Minuteman Trail as a unit must file a Local Tour Permit Application with their Council office. Units in the Boston Minuteman Council should click here for more information on the Council's Tour Permit policy.

All Boy Scout groups should wear the proper uniform when hiking the Menotomy Minuteman Trail.

Youth must hike the trail before ordering Menotomy Minuteman Trail patches.

Camping facilities are available at Camp Sayre, a local Boy Scout camp located in Milton, Massachusetts (30 miles away) and run by the Boston Minuteman Council. To make reservations, contact the Council office at 617-615-0004.