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Old 09-02-2006, 10:45 PM   #16
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Re: One Day in Boston: 8:00 \'till 11:00

Ok, I'm weird, but I never watched Lambchop. I think I may know the song you are referring to, though...vaguely. Anyway, I [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/love.gif[/img] Boston! I have been there and have always wanted to return. I'm looking forward to more!
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Re: One Day in Boston: Freedom Trail Tour

We traveled the Red Line to the Park Street station and then walked to the Information Center on the Tremont Street side of the Boston Common for our Freedom Trail Tour.

Background: The Freedom Trail Foundation
The Freedom Trail Foundation created the Freedom Trail years ago. They conduct the only non-profit tours of Boston. Their tour guides are costumed historic characters. They promote and help to preserve the sixteen nationally significant historic sites along the trail. So when I was looking for a tour, it was a no-brainer who to choose. Besides, I thought a costumed guide would make it more fun, and I was right!

I had called the day before to reserve our tickets. I was told to look for Nathaniel Balch in front of the Information Center, and to not be late as he leaves promptly at 11:00! He was not easy to miss!


Evie and Nathaniel Balch before the tour

While we waited for the tour to start, Lambchop made a friend. The cows will be auctioned off later this year to benefit the Jimmy Fund (children’s cancer research) this fall.


Lambchop on one of the many art cows throughout downtown Boston

When the clock on the Park Street Church chimed 11, Nathaniel began. There were 11 of us on the tour.

Summary of the tour
Nathaniel Balch was a fabulous, entertaining tour guide. He was a wealth of information, a great storyteller, an amazing actor, and an enthusiastic historian. Evie was thrilled with him, all of us were. I learned things I never knew, and I lived in Boston! If you go to Boston, you must take this tour! It is a steal at only $12 ($6 for children) for the 90-minute walking tour.

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What a great time [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img] More please [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
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Great update, I'll put the tour on my to do list for a future trip to Boston. More please!
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Great update!! Sounds like a fun tour!!
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That walking tour sounds like a lot of fun - I'm sorry we missed it when we were in Boston.
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That tour with Nathaniel really sounds like my kind of thing. I love stuff where you learn through period actors.
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How fun! The tour sounds great. More please...
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The tour sounded like fun - a definate must do next time I am in Boston!
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The tour sounds great! Thanks for the update.
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Re: One Day in Boston: Boston Common, State House, Park Street Church

Our Tour Stops
I don’t want to bore you with too many historical details . . . so here are some photos of the places we saw on the tour, and some things I remember from Nathaniel’s stories.

Boston Common and the State House
Nathaniel showed us an old map of Boston and explained how much of the city of Boston today is landfill. We learned how Beacon Hill got its name, where the word “ear-marked” came from, and heard stories of eccentric William Blackstone, the original owner of what is now the Boston Common.

The State House was built in 1798 on John Hancock’s cow pasture. In 1802, the wooden dome was covered with copper by Paul Revere to prevent leaks. In 1874 it was covered with gold leaf.


Looking up at the State House from Boston Common


Another view of the State House from the corner of Park and Tremont Streets

Park Street Church
This church was founded in 1809. Here William Lloyd Garrison delivered his first major public speech against slavery in 1829, and “America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee)” was first sung on July 4, 1831.


Park Street Church

Next: Granary Burying Ground
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How [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]! I love history lessons. That is really neat that Paul Revere covered the dome first. More please!
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Granary Burying Ground

Nathaniel spent a long time here and entertained us with great stories of his friends buried within. James Otis, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock, and the victims of the Boston Massacre were all discussed. Nathaniel also taught us how to date historic tombstones by the art on the top.


Nathaniel in front of James Otis' gravestone
Who is James Otis, you ask? A famous early orator, who would have been a key figure in the Revolution, but he suffered from what they now believe was schizophrenia. He would wander the streets of Boston screaming and speaking in tongues. He was an embarassment to the Sons of Liberty and to their cause-- so they moved him to the country and he is barely mentioned by most historians.


John Hancock's Final resting place
This gravestone is the biggest on the grounds


Nathaniel at Paul Revere's Tombstone
Bet you didn't know Paul Revere never said "The British are coming!"
He never would have, because he was British, and all colonists still considered themselves British. He most likely said "The Redcoats are coming!"

Also, Paul Revere did something very brave-- he snuck back into Lexington after his ride to retrieve papers John Hancock had left behind. Had the soldiers found the papers, John Hancock would have been arrested for treason.


Lambchop pays her respects to Paul Revere


Nathaniel at the gravestone of the victims of the Boston Massacre
Nathaniel explained there is an extra name on the stone of a small boy. Why it was included is a great story of public relations by Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty.


Samuel Adams' gravestone
Nathaniel told us many stories of Sam and the Sons of Liberty. He was the key figure in the road to the Revolution. He was a brilliant orator. He was a master of public relations. He was fearless and brave. And the people loved him.

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Great updates!!! Very interesting and informative tour!! Can't wait for more!!
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