Boston, Massachusetts 9/22 – 9/29

Boston, Massachusetts:  Population = 667,137 (Greater Boston metro area = 4.7 million) , elevation = 121 feet, average January low temp = 18.9, Average July high temp = 84, average sunny days = 200, annual snowfall = 48.1”, annual rainfall = 45.3”, air quality index = 26.4, water quality index = 1, comfort index = 51

Boston is very old for an American city.  It was established in 1630 by Puritan settlers.  The names and stories are familiar to anyone who has studied American history.  What was surprising to me was how embedded the old is in the new.  Paul Revere’s house is surrounded by apartments.  The Old North Church, famous for Revere’s “one if by land, two if by sea”, is tucked tightly into a snug Italian neighborhood.  The King’s Chapel, the first Anglican chapel in colonial New England, was established in 1686 and today is surrounded by office buildings.

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Home to Paul and Sarah Revere and their 8 children
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The steeple of the Old North Church where the lanterns were hung
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Interior of Old North Church, showing the family boxes
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King’s Chapel

Before the American Revolution, there was much debate over government and policy.  The leaders, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere, and many others, would gather in Faneuil Hall to argue for independence from England.  It was here that they plotted the Boston Tea Party.

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The stage of Faneuil Hall commemorates many of the heros of the Revolution who spoke there
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Besides the historic meeting hall on the third floor, Faneuil hall contains a bustling marketplace

Not far away, we find the Old State House.  This was the seat of the colonial government until 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was read from the balcony to the cheering Bostonians.  It was here that the Boston Massacre took place.

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John Hancock’s suit, notebook, and chest on display in the Old State House

Just across the harbor, the USS Constitution lies in dry dock for some maintenance.  The Constitution was more commonly known as “Old Ironsides” after she was launched in 1797.  She is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world today.  George Washington named it after the Constitution of the USA.  This ship has a long and storied history including fighting pirates and the English warships in the War of 1812.

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Fast, nimble, and heavily armed, the Constitution was never defeated in battle

Up the hill from the Constitution (on Breed’s Hill), the Bunker Hill Monument towers over the landscape.  This obelisk commemorates one of the first battles between the British and the Revolutionary Americans.  Here is where the order “don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes” was reportedly given.

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The monument to the battle of Bunker Hill
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Memorial plaque in the Old North Church

Besides a historic tour of Boston, we also got to see a lot of the modern city.  Next up: Boston part 2.

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We are two recent retirees who decided to sell the house, pull up stakes, and explore North America. We are both being tourists and looking for the right blend of people, place, and geography that makes for the perfect place to retire.

3 thoughts on “Boston, Massachusetts 9/22 – 9/29”

  1. Nice photos, wondering if you stopped at Cheers, for a beer, I was there this summer Boston is one of my favorite cities, easy to walk or take public transportation .

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