What is Needham 1775?
Needham 1775 is a 12.6 mile walk to retrace and commemorate the route Needham’s militia marched to join the battle to repel British attacks on Lexington and Concord.
Where does Needham 1775 start?
The walk starts at the Townsend Green (the intersection of Nehoiden St. and Central Ave.). It is the site from where the Needham militia embarked for Arlington in 1775.
Where does Needham 1775 end?
The walk ends at the Jason Russell House, 7 Jason Street, Arlington, MA. The house is on the Battle Road. At this site in 1775, the Needham militia was attacked by a British flanking party, killing 5 of Needham’s own.
How long is the walk expected to take?
Assuming 20 minute miles. The 12.6 mile walk will taken approximately 4 hours to complete.
Must participants register?
Yes. Register at the Needham Park & Recreation. The first 90 registrants will be bused back to the Needham History Center & Museum in Needham.
What will happen at the Jason Russell House?
There will be small house tours provided by the Arlington Historical Society. There will be a wreath-laying ceremony with color guard, and lunch will be served. The first 90 registrants will be bused back to the Needham History Center & Museum in Needham.
Is there a rain date?
No. This event is rain or shine. We would prefer shine. Nevertheless, please dress for the weather.
Are dogs allowed?
No. Walking a dog for 12.6 miles would be a very bad idea. We have MSPCA and PETA on speed dial.
Are participants required to sign a release and disclaimer contract?
When will registration close?
Registration will close on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.
How can I learn more about the role Needham played on April 19, 1775?
There will be a lecture on Sunday, March 1 at 1:00p.m. at the NHC&M about Needham role in the battle.