We’ve been living in California for a few months now. I have to admit that I’m enjoying our quiet new life but I still do miss Boston very, very much. Here’s another post that I didn’t get around to posting before we left.
Boston has so much history. The Freedom Trail is an easy walk that takes you through some of the most historically important sites in the city. We’ve visited all the sites before but we did it in pieces. This time, we wanted to walk the whole 2.5 miles. Let’s go!
Follow the red brick road. You’ll find spots where the trail seems to disappear or turns into a red painted line. It’s helpful to have a map just in case. Or just follow the line of tourists. Like lemmings. Remember those little green guys? I’m getting off topic.
The State House. Shiny!
Site of the oldest public school in the country.
The old State House. See that balcony? In 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read to the people of Boston for the first time from that balcony.
Site of the Boston Massacre.
Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall. I always have to look up how to spell Faneuil. Too many vowels in the middle of that word. This place has been a marketplace since the 1700s. I like to walk through the market food court and nibble on samples.
Union Oyster House. One of the oldest continually running restaurants in the United States. And the proud birthplace of the toothpick. Or so they say.
The North End, Boston’s little Italy. It’s the oldest neighborhood in the city. (Have you spotted a theme here yet?) Packed with restaurants and bakeries, this is a great spot to grab a little fuel for the rest of the walk. Perhaps some Boston Cream Pie, cannoli, or a lobster tail from Mike’s Pastry? Modern Pastry is just as delicious (and usually with shorter lines) and Lulu’s Sweet Shop makes my favorite cupcakes in the city. There’s also pizza, gelato, and enough pasta to keep you going for days.
Paul Revere’s house. This was one of the of the first sites we visited on our first trip to Boston. I remember being bewildered by the fact that the city had just kept growing around these historical sites.
Lots of churches on this trail. Back in the day, families (the rich ones) rented booths to sit in during services. The kids would face the front of the church, the parents the back so that they could keep an eye on their kids.
Lots of cemeteries as well. These tombstones are incredibly old. During a tour, we learned that bodies would be buried in layers. Back in the day during a particularly bad flood, the bodies floated to the surface and washed down the street. Oh dear.
It took my Mr. awhile to figure out the significance of this church. This is the Old North Church. I’ll give you a hint: “One if by land, and two if by sea.
Bunkerhill Monument. Well, it’s actually on Breed’s Hill because that’s where they were during the battle. I don’t blame the Patriots for their confusion. I’m sure all the hills looked the same. “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes.”
USS Constitution. This giant, wooden frigate from the 1700s is staffed by a crew of active duty Navy Sailors, one of which gave the most amazing history of the ship to visitors. She was an incredible storyteller! I couldn’t believe how much she had memorized. She had us all captivated. The ship is currently dry docked for renovations but it’s still worth a visit. Stop by their museum while you’re there.
2.5 miles later, we were starving and needed some pizza. This is only a portion of what there is to see on the Freedom Trail. It definitely should be at the top of any to-do list when visiting Boston!