|Massachusetts - THE MERRIMACK VALLEY
Just west of Boston, one enters the Merrimack Valley,
the site of three important events in the history of this
In the forests, fields, museums and attractions of the
Concord/Lexington area - where the "shot heard 'round
the world" was fired, you will experience firsthand
life in pre-revolutionary times and the events which led
to our struggle with the British.
In the great city of Lowell, you will see where the industrial
revolution was birthed in the massive factories and office
buildings. The mills, restored historical sites and working
factories, are an astounding glimpse of American ingenuity
and forward thinking. The museums offer a precise lesson
in how our country became a world power in such a short
time. Visit the New England Quilt Museum to see how folk
art, fine art and manufacturing have managed to coexist
The area is also home to a long line of great writers,
thinkers and philosophers from Henry David Thoreau to Jack
Kerouac, all of whom are honored in exhibits and museums
in the area. Stroll around Walden Woods, the center of
which is the pond on which Thoreau mused on the future
of our nation and the struggle between nature and progress.
Walden is a great example of the way this country works
having been saved from developers in recent times by a
coalition of artists, scientists, writers and conservationists
lead by Don Henley of The Eagles. Hawthorne, Louisa May
Alcott, and Ralph Waldo Emerson are also honored with tributes
and preserved points of interest.
The Merrimack Valley represents the best of why we fought
to victory in revolutionary times.