The Day The Revolution Began

The Day The Revolution Began
A few minutes after midnight, on April 19th,  1775, a rider appeared out of the dark at the house of Lexington minister Jonas Clarke.  His name was Paul Revere, and his arrival launched a series of events that led the following dawn to the battle of Lexington, and the beginning of the American Revolution.  

This introductory film for visitors to Lexington tells the story of the events leading up to that historic battle.  Using extensive re-enactments, all shot on-location in historic Lexington, (many in the actual locations that the events took place) it not only brings to life the battle but also explains to visitors how the people of Lexington became revolutionaries.  

Nearly 100 re-enactors, including members of the Lexington Minutemen, the 10th, 5th, and 4th Redcoat regiments, Lexington Historical Society Guides, and dozens more generously volunteered to be in the cast. Reverend Peter Meek portrayed Rev. Jonas Clarke, while actor Timothy John Smith playe John Adams.  

The film was produced for the Lexington Historical Society, and is shown to visitors at the Hancock-Clarke house in Lexington.

Check out this behind the scenes look at the last day of shooting.

Here's an article on the film's premiere   from the Lexington Minuteman.


Finalist, 2010 New York Festivals Film and Television Awards
2010 Leadership in History Award,American Association of State and Local History


This is a an excerpt from the film depicting a little known event in Lexington history:  The Lexington Tea Party

This is an excerpt from the film in which John Adams (ably played by Tim Smith) recounts what he saw in a country tavern circa 1774.

updated: 7 years ago