Leominster, MA

Town of Leominster

Leominster Historical Society

Paths of the Patriots
We will certainly never identify all the paths the Patriots took. Below you will find some of the places that echo with their footprints. See Paths of Patriots for more information.

Note: Private residences are only to be viewed from a public way.

Venue Description  
Carter Park
North Main Street
1775
public          
At the start of the American Revolutionary War every able bodied man and boy left his work on the farm and in the fields and went to the training field (Carter Park). Leominster's minutemen, wearing their homespun clothes, marched from Carter Park to Concord and Lexington.    

Kendall Tavern
746 West Street
1785
private

Built by Jonas Kendall, it was a terminus of the Fifth Massachusetts Turnpike from Northfield, a regular route for stagecoach travel. The tavern was a station for exchanging horses. It later became a stop on the Underground Railroad.  

 

Drake House
21 Franklin Street
private

In 1851 Shadrach Minkins was rescued from fugitive slave catchers. The Minkins case is one of the most important fugitive slave accounts, as his rescue posed a direct threat to the newly enacted fugitive slave law, part of legislation that would become known as the Compromise of 1850. Unionists from both the North and the South, dismayed by Mr. Minkins rescue, prevailed upon President Fillmore to issue a proclamation against those engaged in such a "flagitious offense." Despite the ire of certain government officials, the incursion by slave catchers onto Northern soil helped galvanize the cause of abolition, eventually leading to hostilities that would put an end to the practice of slavery.

Minkins rescuer in Leominster was Frances Drake, one of the most ardent and courageous followers of William Lloyd Garrison.

 
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