Boston – The Olde Towne

Boston is one of my favorite American cities. The city has pride and history and was the birthplace of freedom for the people who settled this land and later formed the United States of America. Statues, markers and stories of the American Revolution and subsequent years of our early nation abound here. We hop on a city tour trolley to cover some serious mileage on my one day off. And the first stop is at the Charlestown Navy Yard to see the U.S.S. Constitution, aka Old Ironsides, the worlds oldest commissioned naval ship afloat. It’s incredible to me that this ship was launched in 1797 and was named by George Washington and still sails.
USS Constitution
On the same side of the Charles River you can climb to the top of the Bunker Hill Memorial, but I will settle for the outside view today. Back over the bridge to the center of town and Faneuil Hall. This building has been a marketplace and meeting hall since 1742. Sam Adams is said to have told people that the Revolutionary War started in a small meeting hall upstairs in this building 15 years before the first shot was fired in 1775.
Faneuil Hall
The Freedom Trail runs from the USS Constitution to the Boston Commons, a distance of about 2.5 miles. It’s made of bricks inlaid in the sidewalks and red lines painted on street crossings so you can easily follow the path to see the 17 historical sites along the way.
Freedom Trail
The Old State House was the site of the Boston Massacre in 1770, one of the events that led up to the American Revolution. This building served as the Massachusetts Town House, seat of the colony government and later as the Boston City Hall. Strange to see it among the highrise buildings of the modern city.
Boston - Old State House, site of the Boston Massacre
After stops at the Boston Common, a large park in the center of the city, Fenway Park, Beacon Hill, the State House, Quincy Market, and the wharf, I hike the hill to see the Old North Church. This church steeple raised high above the city on a hill was visible for miles. This is where the famous “one if by land, two if by sea” lanterns were lit and hung to set Paul Revere out on his famous ride.
Old North Church
His house is only a couple of streets away. It was built in 1680 and opened to the public as a house museum in 1908, more than 100 years ago.
Paul Revere's House
Time for a bite at the Quincy Market and a cheap pint in a local pub. I love this city.

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