The Freedom Trail and More
Finding ourselves outside of Boston, for several weeks we chose to take a closer look at the history of the area. The colonial history of North America, and the fight for independence runs from here through Canada. This is where we have spent our summer. From the original 13 colonies through Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes we have hear the echos of history. We have visited cities and forts who at times were governed by the French, British, and the upstart Colonies. This is our view of what we visited in and around Boston.
Plymouth Massachusetts offers the earliest look at our history. Perhaps only symbolic, Plymouth Rock marks when William Bradford landed with the Mayflower Pilgrims to start a Colony in the New World. While moved from place to place over the years, this rock memorializes that landing.
|Provincetown’s Pilgrim Monument|
Though, as Province Town on Cape Cod with remind you, the Pilgrims landed there first. Having missed their first intended stop closer to New York, the sailed north along the coast first anchoring in what is now Province Town Harbor, before finally landing at Plymouth.
|Plymouth Rock Memorial|
The Pilgrims made their 66 day voyage from England to the New World in the Mayflower. The combined passengers and crew survived in the ship that was 106 feet long and 25 feet wide. The Pilgrims and their livestock lived exclusively on the Tween Deck, rarely adventuring to the Main Deck.
The Plymouth Patuxet Museums curate the Mayflower II. An exact replica of the original. Built by hand in 1957 and using the tools and techniques from some 400 years ago. The ship was a gift from the people of England to the United States. While the ship is kept seaworthy, it serves as a museum. You can walk aboard where it is moored near Plymouth Rock.
The Black Heritage Trail travels through Boston’s African American National Historic Site. The free black community lived here, on the north slope of Beacon Hill. The trail visits the homes and significant locations.
|The Charles Street Meeting House served as both a church and center of activism for the Black Community|
|Acorn Street on Beacon Hill|
|The Lewis and Harriet Hayden House was the most active safe house along the Underground Railroad|
|The Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial. The 54th marched off to war in 1863 along Beacon Street, next to where this Memorial is found.|
|The 1795 State House if on Beacon Street, directly across from the 54th Massachusetts Regiment Memorial. Here is were we began our tour.|
|Our guide was in period costume and in the character of a colonial tradesman. Here he sits on the Franklin Family Memorial. Ben is buried in Philadelphia, but his grandparents are resting here somewhere close.|
|John Hancock’s memorial was erected over 100 years after he died. He rests somewhere close.|
|The Kings Council Chamber|
|* As photography isn’t allowed inside the home, these interior photos were copied from post cards.|
|John Adams was born and grew up in this house. His father was a minister, farmer, community leader and a cobbler during the winter. It was in this house that John began his legal career.|
|This corner served and Adams’ first law office|
|John and Abigail moved into this farm house around 1764. It was here that their oldest son, John Quincy was born. Abigail managed the house and virtually everything else while John became more and involved in his law practice and politics.|
|When Abigail heard of the start of the war, she melted down her pewter spoons to make musket balls. Much of the time in this home, Abigail was on her own while John was in Boston or in Europe. |
|This massive Black Walnut tree dates to when the Adams lived at Peacefield|