Save Our Heritage

Protecting the Birthplace of the American Revolution,

the cradle of the Environmental Movement,

and the Home of the American Literary Renaissance


About Save Our Heritage



Current Objectives

Who We Are

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Mission Statement:

Protecting the birthplace of the American Revolution, the cradle of the American Environmental Movement, and the home of the American Literary Renaissance. 



That State and Federal designations are enacted recognizing the historical and environmental significance of this area.   To achieve permanent protection for the national historical, cultural, and environmental resources in the Massachusetts towns of Concord, Bedford, Lincoln, and Lexington in order to prevent their gradual destruction by pollution, noise, and development.


Who We Are:

We are a group of Americans who care deeply about the long term future of these historic communities.  Each national landmark in these communities has a wonderful and dedicated group of volunteers who have a long term vision for that landmark.  Save Our Heritage does not seek to duplicate these efforts but rather to help these different groups come together to collaborate on common challenges, and, when necessary, step in to assist with unexpected problems or opportunities that have no established constituency.   


Current Objectives:

The Barrett Farm Project

Ongoing protection of the buildings and landscape of Barrett Farm, the British destination on the first day of the Revolutionary War, and central to the story of April 19.

This historic site was acquired by Save Our Heritage and restored over a 10 year period and then ownership was transferred Minute Man National Historical Park, in order to complete the Park and help it fulfill its mission. 


The Hanscom Project

To educate the public regarding the special nature of the resources surrounding Hanscom Field and the threat these national landmarks face from the expansion of the airport.

To increase public awareness of the consequences if limits are not placed on the increased noise, ground traffic, and environmental pollution that may result from the expansion of air traffic at Hanscom Field or changes in the character and use of the airport.  

To monitor to ensure that State authorities honor their 25 year commitment not to develop Hanscom Field into a commercial airport.

To encourage public engagement so that all future development properly comprehends, discloses, and is appropriately burdened with the costs of damage to the unique historical and environmental resources of this area.  

To increase public understanding regarding the impacts of Airports on health and the environment.

To encourage the development of Federal programs which will reduce the impact of Aircraft on people and the environment


Other Objectives:

To work to ensure that the Orchard House and other key historic buildings are restored protected from natural deterioration processes which are seriously affecting their condition.

To work to ensure that Walden Woods is protected and the remaining surrounding undeveloped land is reunited with Walden Pond.


The Advisory Board of Save Our Heritage:

Kathi Anderson, Executive Director, Walden Woods Project &Thoreau Institute
Representative Cory Atkins (honorary)
Ed Begley, Jr., Actor, Environmentalist
Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History, Tulane University
Richard D. Brown, Professor of History University of Connecticut
Ken Burns, Director, Producer, Historical Documentarian
Joan Cusack, Actress
Michael S. Dukakis, Professor, UCLA & Northeastern University Former Governor, Massachusetts
Doris Kearns Goodwin, Historian, Author
Don Henley, Recording Artist, Founder, Walden Woods Project
Laura Johnson, Former President,  Massachusetts Audubon Society
Michael Kellett, Executive Director, Thoreau Country Conservation Alliance & RESTORE: The North Woods
Congressman Edward J. Markey, (honorary)
Gregor McGregor, Esq.,  McGregor and Associates, P.C.
David McCullough, Historian, Author
Richard Moe, Former President, Natl. Trust for Historic Preservation
Wesley T. Mott, Former President,  The Emerson Society
Edward O. Wilson, Ph.D., Author,  Professor, Harvard University
Joanne Woodward, Actress, Humanitarian
Executive Director
Anna West Winter

You can contact us at 978-369-6662


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