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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Day 3: Boston, Lexington, and Concord

I never realized how complicated Boston is! It took us FOREVER to get to a "park and ride" station. We took a couple wrong exits, sat in standstill traffic, and dodged multiple pedestrians. I was so relieved when we finally found where we had originally planned to be!

Our day started out with walking the Freedom Trail. Historical sites can be found along this trail, all throughout the city of Boston. We picked and chose a few of the sites that we especially wanted to see.

Our first stop? Granary Burying Ground.

Besides Paul Revere, there were many other revolutionary figures buried here, including Samuel Adams, and John Hancock.

Next stop was the Old State House. The Declaration of Independence was read for the first time from this very balcony! The Boston Massacre also occurred below.

Faneuil Hall became the prime meeting place of Revolutionary figures who desired independence from Britain. This is where the idea of the Boston Tea Party first took place.

We then visited Paul Revere's house, but did not feel like paying money to get inside. They charge for everything nowadays!

Old North Church was famous for the lantern that was hung in the steeple window to let Paul Revere know the British were coming. He then took off on his famous ride.

This picture was taken from the spot of the Boston Tea Party. No taxation without representation!

Boston is a beautiful city, but I did find a lack of integrity in keeping up with the historical sites. It is hard to get a feel for the "real" Boston, and the importance of each of these historical sites, when you have a subway stop built into the bottom of the Old State House, cars speeding by on top of the Boston Massacre scene, and an old graveyard tucked into an alley between towering skyscrapers. My frustration may turn this issue into a blog post of its own. :)

In Concord, we discovered some famous authors in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.

And we visited the North Bridge, where the "shot heard 'round the world" occurred.

In Lexington, the first skirmish of the Revolutionary War happened, right on this battle green.

It was a day filled with wonderfully rich history! Thank you to all who played a part in securing our freedom!


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