Friday, April 23, 2004
The Redcoats are coming?
Yes, two companies of British Redcoats were in town on the Towle Field early Sunday morning, April 18. They were here for the filming of the opening action of the 1775 Battle of Lexington and Concord at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. The Smithsonian Institution, which is planning a military exhibition of American wars up to Desert Storm, hired Boston Productions to produce a video of the battle as seen through the eyes of a Minuteman.
Because the original site in Lexington is so built-up, the company looked for property that had no signs of modern living. This brought them to Carlisle and contact with Carlisle Conservation Administrator Sylvia Willard. Willard suggested they first look at Foss Farm, the site of reenacted colonial musters during Bicentennial days. When that proved not to be what they were looking for, she directed them to Towle Field, which had just the look they were afteropen fields, stone walls and spring foliage in the background.
The 50 Redcoats used in the filming on Sunday came from Eastern Massachusetts and as far away as Rhode Island and Pennsylvania. Two Carlisle police officers were hired to oversee all the activity and cars on Westford Street. Ferns Country Store provided early morning breakfast and lunch for "all our guests," Redcoats and filmmakers alike, reported proprietor Larry Bearfield. As a way of saying thank you to the town, Boston Productions has donated $1,000 to the Carlisle Conservation Gift Fund.
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