BC: Don and Linda Boston October 2010
1: ...O happy town beside the sea, Whose roads lead everywhere to all; Than thine no deeper moat can be, No stouter fence, no steeper wall! Bad news from George on the English throne; 'You are thriving well,' said he; 'Now by these presents be it known You shall pay us a tax on tea; 'Tis very small,--no load at all,-- Honor enough that we send the call. 'Not so,' said Boston, 'good my lord, We pay your governors here Abundant for their bed and board, Six thousand pounds a year. (Your Highness knows our homely word) Millions for self-government, But for tribute never a cent.' The cargo came! and who could blame If Indians seized the tea, And, chest by chest, let down the same, Into the laughing sea? For what avail the plough or sail, Or land or life, if freedom fail? The townsmen braved the English king, Found friendship in the French, And honor joined the patriot ring Low on their wooden bench. O bounteous seas that never fail! O day remembered yet! O happy port that spied the sail Which wafted Lafayette! Pole-star of light in Europe's night, That never faltered from the right. | Kings shook with fear, old empires crave The secret force to find Which fired the little State to save The rights of all mankind. But right is might through all the world; Province to province faithful clung, Through good and ill the war-bolt hurled, Till Freedom cheered and joy-bells rung. The sea returning day by day Restores the world-wide mart; So let each dweller on the Bay Fold Boston in his heart, Till these echoes be choked with snows, Or over the town blue ocean flows. Let the blood of her hundred thousands Throb in each manly vein; And the wits of all her wisest, Make sunshine in her brain. For you can teach the lightning speech, And round the globe your voices reach. And each shall care for other, And each to each shall bend, To the poor a noble brother, To the good an equal friend. A blessing through the ages thus Shield all thy roofs and towers! GOD WITH THE FATHERS, SO WITH US, Thou darling town of ours! Excerpt from the poem "Boston" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
2: Follow the two and a half mile red brick or painted line from Boston Common to Bunker Hill Monument for 16 historic sites, many associated with the American Revolution.
3: I guess you could say we are a part of the Freedom Trail??
4: Historical note: The Boston Massacre, also known as the Boston riot, was an incident that led to the deaths of five civilians at the hands of British troops on March 5, 1770, the legal aftermath of which helped spark the rebellion in some of the British American colonies, which culminated in the American Revolutionary War. A heavy British military presence in Boston led to a tense situation that boiled over into incitement of brawls between soldiers and civilians and eventually led to troops discharging their muskets after being attacked by a rioting crowd. Three civilians were killed at the scene of the shooting, eleven were injured, and two died after the incident. | The Old State House is the oldest surviving public building in Boston, dating back to 1713. It was the seat of the first elected legislature of the New World.
5: I can't describe the feeling of standing on the spot where the men fell during the Boston Massacre. I don't know how citizens who visit this spot cannot help but feel a deep sense of patriotism. | Boston Massacre 1770
6: Cobblestone street looking at Paul Revere's house | Revere owned the house from 1770 to 1800. | Ninety percent of the structure is original to 1680. | One of the most photographed statues in Boston unveiled in 1940.
7: Was it really the midnight ride of Paul Revere? | April 18-19, 1775 | The original steeple was destroyed by a storm in 1804, and again by Hurricane Carol in 1954. | Church sexton Robert Newman escaped capture by British soldiers by jumping through this window. | The only known surviving lantern is in the Concord Museum. | "The regulars are coming!" | "One if by land, two if by sea..."
8: wineglass pulpit
9: The first bust of George Washington, supposedly the best likeness of him, according to Lafayette. | The Old North Church 1723 Oldest, active church building in Boston | This simple memorial displays a dog tag for each member of the American Armed Forces who have died in the current Iraq War.
10: Copp's Hill Burying Ground was established in 1659. During the Battle of Bunker Hill, British troops trained artillery onto Charlestown. You can see the Bunker Hill Monument in the background. | Malcom was a hater of British revenue acts and was obnoxious to the King's officers. Soldiers used his gravestone for target practice 6 years after his death.
11: Bunker Hill Monument | Mystic River (under bridge) as it enters Boston Harbor | Battle of Bunker Hill 1775 | Malcom Tomb
12: The Old North Church steeple | The Zakim Bridge - world's widest cable-stayed bridge
13: Boston Harbor today
14: "Old Ironsides," one of the U.S. Navy's six original frigates, never lost a battle. | The ship was constructed in Boston's North End shipyard from 1794 to 1797 at a cost of $302,718, using bolts, spikes, and other fittings from Paul Revere's foundry. | U.S.S. CONSTITUTION
15: As the United States built its naval and military reputation, the Constitution played a key role,battling French privateers and Barbary pirates, repelling the British fleet during the War of 1812, participating in 33 engagements, and capturing 20 vessels. | The frigate earned its nickname during a battle on August 19, 1812, when shots from HMS Guerriere bounced off its thick oak hull as if it were iron.
17: windows and doors
18: The original Bull and Finch bar in Beacon Hill dates back to 1969 and looks nothing like the set on TV. A replica of the TV set is upstairs above the bar. | Don ate Boston baked beans and weiners, and I had delicious, tender Irish stew. I'd eat there again.
19: The Bell-in-Hand, America's oldest continuously operating tavern in America. First established in 1795, it was only closed during prohibition.
20: The BEST clam chowder in the universe.
21: Not only the oldest restaurant in Boston, but the oldest restaurant in continuous service in the US. Diners have been provided continuous service since 1826. | I'm glad Gramma and Pop Pop took me to Boston.
22: Cy Young is next to the guy with the moustache.
23: Steve, the 79 year old tour guide, has two World Series rings.He was full of one-liners.
25: Babe Ruth hit the longest home run in history. Hit a home run over the 12 ft. wall and it landed in a railroad car and ended up in Washington D.C.
26: Key to our past | The Old Town Trolley Tour is the best way to see Boston! We'd recommend it to anyone visiting Boston for the first time.
27: Boston | We loved Boston - riding our first subway, Don's first underwater tunnel, my first clam chowder, Hanover Street in Little Italy - would go again in a heartbeat! | Garden