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Needham2Arlington Community Walk

April 20, 2024 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Walk steps off from Townsend Green, Central Avenue at Nehoiden Street, at 9:00 am.
Parking is in the Dwight Field lot on Dwight Street.

As he sent the Needham militia off with his blessing on the morning of 19 April 1775, the Rev. Samuel West was worried. He had reason to be – what was a small group of farmers with minimal military training doing, going up against the strongest army in the world?

Follow in the footsteps of the Needham militia, retracing the route that they took on their way to Lexington on April 19, 1775.  Arriving late in the day, they were diverted to Arlington, where they met the retreating British forces for the bloodiest battle of that historic day.  The Walk is 12.6 miles long, and includes a T-shirt, lunch, and a tour of the historic Jason Russell House, where the battle took place.  The Russell House is now the home of the Arlington Historical Society.

PLEASE NOTE:  The Needham2Arlington Walk is a community event.  In keeping with the nonprofit status of the Needham History Center and the Arlington Historical Society, and at the request of the Police Departments of the towns we will be crossing, there will be no political or partisan activity at this event.  This includes wearing uniforms (historic or current), carrying signs or banners, or any other form of representation.  Participants who do not abide by this restriction will not be allowed to participate and their fee will be refunded.

Registration is required to participate.  Ticket information will be posted in February.  Registration is not complete until you have submitted both Payment and the N2A Registration and Indemnification Form.  Please email the completed form to


April 20, 2024
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Gloria Greis, Executive Director
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Needham History Center
1147 Central Ave
Needham, MA 02492 United States
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