Sunday, January 12, 2014

Walking Boston's Freedom Trail

Walked the Boston Freedom Trail with the Girls!  What an awesome day of history, poetry, and fun. 
STATE HOUSE- Next to Boston Common and built between 1795 and 1798, the golden dome was originally constructed of wood shingles and later with wood shingles.  Now the dome gleams in 23-karat gold leaf.
BOSTON COMMON-  bound by Tremont, Beacon, Charles, and Boylston Streets, The Freedom Trail starts on Boston Common, which is one of the oldest public spaces in the country.  Initially used for grazing cattle, today the Common is a public park used for recreation and public events.
PARK STREET CHURCH- Founded in 1809 on the corner of Boston Common, the church has been active in many social issues including anti-slavery.
GRANARY BURIAL GROUND-  Final resting place for Paul Revere, John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and many victims of the Boston Massacre.
Checking out the History!
Not…the Mayor of Portland!
BEN FRANKLIN AND OLD CITY HALL-   The old city hall courtyard, Franklin was born and attended in Boston before moving to Philadelphia.  
Sweet Photo...nice place to rest your legs.
OLD SOUTH MEETING HOUSE-  The site of a protest against a tax on tea on December 16th, 1773 that culminated with the Boston Tea Party.
OLD STATE HOUSE-  The oldest public building in Boston, built in 1713.  It was the site of the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Boston.
FANEUIL HALL-  The home of modern day Quincy Market and known as “the Cradle of Liberty,”  it was a public meeting place and continues its role today.  
Snapped this picture in a watering hole near Faneuil outside the bathroom... makes me smile every time.
PAUL REVERE HOUSE-  Famous patriot and silversmith, Boston’s oldest surviving clapboard frame house.
BOSTON MASSACRE SITE-  British soldiers killed five men in the crowd protesting British occupation on March 5, 1770.
OLD NORTH CHURCH-  One if by land, two if by sea, signaled that British troops were on the move toward Lexington and Concord.  
Oh yes...rested our feet in the heat again, this time with ice cream.  And yes, just in case you're wondering, I busted out Longfellow's "Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" here from a poem crumpled up in my pocket.  Bet ya saw that one coming, huh?
U.S.S. CONSTITUTION- Nicknamed “Old Ironsides,” the U.S.S. Constitution is the oldest commissioned war ship in the world.  Built in 1797, the ship earned fame during the War of 1812 and is sailed once a year into Boston Harbor during Independence Day celebrations.
BUNKER HILL MONUMENT-  Marks one of the first battles of the American Revolution, fought on June 17, 1775.

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