Lexington Centre

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Coordinates: 42°26′53.8″N 71°13′41.4″W / 42.448278°N 71.228167°W / 42.448278; -71.228167 Lexington Centre (often spelled Center since the 1980s), often simply called the Centre by locals, is both the geographic and retail center of Lexington, Massachusetts on Massachusetts Avenue. It is home to numerous restaurants, banks, retail shops, beauty parlors, a small cinema, a museum, the Cary Memorial Library, and many historic landmarks, including Lexington Common.


The area has had several hotels in its history.[1] A property at the edge of the Centre is currently under construction to house an inn and restaurant.[2]

The Boston and Maine Railroad operated passenger rail through the Centre until January 1977 (under the auspices of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) after 1965), stopping at Lexington Depot. The former Depot building still stands, and is today the headquarters of the Lexington Historical Society.[1] The Minuteman Bikeway exists today on the old railroad right-of-way.

The most well-known historic landmark in Lexington is the Common at the junction of Mass. Ave. and Bedford Street (Routes 4 and 225)[1] It is the site of the Battle of Lexington and the first shots of the American Revolutionary War. This has earned it the nickname "Birthplace of American Liberty," which is painted on the flagpole visible over much of the Centre.


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  1. ^ a b c Kollen, Richard (2006). Lexington, Massachusetts: Treasures from Historic Archives. Charlestown, SC: The History Press. ISBN 1-59629-103-6. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  2. ^ The Inn at Hastings Park