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Kennedy, Kerry, Meehan Announce Final Passage Of Bill To Preserve Historic Site In Concord, Massachusetts

Location: Washinton, DC


Last night, the United States Senate gave final approval to legislation introduced by Senators Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and Congressman Marty Meehan (D-Mass.) to protect a one-of-a kind national historic treasure, Colonel James Barrett's Farm in Concord, Massachusetts. The farm was a central site in the first battle of the Revolutionary War in 1775. The bill now goes to President Bush for his signature.

Senator Kennedy said, "I'm delighted that this bill has made it through Congress and is headed to the President's desk to be signed into law. I look forward to continuing to work to ensure that this extraordinary part of the nation's history is permanently protected as part of our National Park System. This is a major step forward, but we won't stop until it's preserved for generations to come."

"There is no question that Colonel Barrett and his farm played a major role in our country's fight for independence," said Senator Kerry. "The passage of this bill is a good first step in ensuring the preservation of this historical treasure. Our goal is to ultimately include Barrett Farm in the Minute Man National Historical Park to help guarantee that future generations will be able to see firsthand Massachusetts' proud role in the early days of our country."

Congressman Meehan said, "Barrett's Farm is a national treasure, and will be a wonderful addition to Minute Man National Historical Park. Passing this bill is an important first step to preserving and protecting this vital piece of our nation's story. I look forward to working with Senators Kennedy and Kerry to take the next steps to ensure that Barrett's Farm will be around for future generations to enjoy."

Barrett's Farm is located two miles from the famous Old North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts, and spans approximately five acres. The farm is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is certified as a nationally significant site.

Colonel James Barrett was one of the primary figures in the first battle of the American Revolution. As commander of the Middlesex Militia, he used his farm to store cannons, gunpowder and other munitions. The principal purpose of the British march on Concord on April 19, 1775 was to search Barrett's Farm for the colonial militia's weapons, but Barrett received advance notice of the British plan and successfully hid the weapons.

The legislation asks the National Park Service to consider the history of the Farm and assess its suitability for inclusion in the current Minute Man National Park nearby. The study is a prerequisite for the site to be included in the Park.

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