Originally, Lexington's meeting hall didn't have a steeple for a bell, so a separate belfry was built to summon people to church services, funerals, fires – and of course, to British soldiers trooping into town to raid Patriot weapon caches.

The belfry originally stood on a hill near the town, but was moved to this location in 1768 - possibly because nobody found it fun to climb a big hill just to ring a bell. Not unless they were a bit simple.

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