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Mike's Boston "Work" Trip

Mike  traveled to Boston in August for computer training classes at Meditech Corporation related to his hospital pharmacy job. While there he trained, explored the city, experienced an earthquake, and "escaped" before hurricane  Irene closed the airport down!

Meditech Atrium. Place where Mike's computer training took place.
Pretty nice work enivironment! !


Meditech
 


Walking track for Meditech employees.

Boston Freedom Trail red bricks.

Freedom Trail sidewalk marker above and
white signs on street -right.

The Freedom  Trail in Boston takes the visitor to 16 historical sites in the course of two or three hours and covers two and a half centuries of America's most significant past. A red brick or painted line connects the sites on the Trail and serves as a guide.



Massachusetts State House.
 Built in 1798, the "new" State House is located across from the Boston Common on the top of Beacon Hill

The Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial, located across Beacon Street from the State House, serves as a reminder of the heavy cost paid by individuals and families during the Civil War. In particular, it serves as a memorial to the group of men who were among the first African Americans to fight in that war.

Quincy Market
 


 

Faneuil Hall, next to Quincy Market, has served as a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1742. Funding was provided by a wealthy merchant, Peter Faneuil.  Inspirational speeches by Samuel Adams and other patriots were given at Faneuil Hall. In the 1800s, Quincy Marketplace was added, providing more space for residents of the burgeoning city to shop.

 


Old State House

 

Old State House

The Old State House was the center of all political life and debate in colonial Boston. On July 18, 1776, citizens gathered in the street to hear the Declaration of Independence read from the building's balcony, the first public reading in Massachusetts. The Royal Governor presided here until the new State House was built on Beacon Hill in 1798.

 

 


At this site, tensions between the colonists and British soldiers erupted into violence on March 5, 1770. A minor dispute turned into a riot. The relief soldiers that came to the aid of the British were met by an angry crowd of colonists who hurled snowballs, rocks, clubs, and insults. The soldiers fired into the crowd and killed five colonists. Samuel Adams and other patriots called the event a "massacre".

 


Old South Meeting House.

Old South Meeting House.
The Old South Meeting House was built in 1729 as a Puritan house of worship. It was also the largest building in colonial Boston and is  best known as the site  where the Boston Tea Party began. In the winter of 1773, more than 5,000 colonists gathered at Old South in a meeting to protest the tax on tea. After many hours of debate, Samuel Adams announced, "This meeting can do nothing more to save the country!" Protestors stormed out of the Old South Meeting House to the waterfront where they dumped three shiploads of tea into Boston Harbor.

Old City Hall


Donkey statue by Old City Hall.
In 1828, Andrew Jackson established the Democratic party and ran for president using the populist slogan, "Let the people rule", his opponents thought him silly and labeled him a "jackass". Jackson, however, picked up on their name calling and turned it to his own advantage by using the donkey on his campaign posters. Over the years this donkey had become the accepted symbol of the Democratic party. ..

 


Statue in front of Old City Hall.

 

King's Chapel


 
King's Chapel and Burial Ground
 

King's Chapel was constructed on land taken from the burying ground. To insure the presence of the Church of England in America, King James II ordered an Anglican parish to be built in Boston. Since none of the colonists were interested in selling suitable land for the Church, the King ordered Governor Andros to seize a corner of the burying ground for the Church of England. King's Chapel Burying Ground is the oldest burying place in Boston proper. The burying ground is the final resting place for many colonists, including John Winthrop, the Colony's 12 term governor; Hezekiah Usher, the colony's first printer; Mary Chilton, the first woman to step off the Mayflower.

 

 


Park Street Church
The site of the old town granary where grain was kept before the Revolution, dates back to 1809. 
Granary Burial Ground at Park Street Church

Founded in 1660, the Granary is the third oldest burying ground in Boston proper. In 1737, when grain was stored where the present Park Street Church stands, the burying ground was renamed the Granary. Along with Massachussetts Governors, Clergymen, and Mayors, three signers of the Declaration of Independence, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Robert Treat Paine, are buried here. Approximately 5000 people are buried at Granary even though there are only 2300 headstones. Since funerals were expensive, there would be one headstone per family. Each grave contains at least 20 bodies
 


 

Samuel Adams gravesite.

 

 A boulder commemorates the grave of James Otis, Jr. (February 5, 1725 May 23, 1783), a lawyer in colonial Massachusetts. The phrase "Taxation without Representation is Tyranny" is usually attributed to him..


Paul Revere's Gravesite in Granary Burial Ground.

Gravestones from 1770

Granary  Burial Ground headstones.


Boston Commons Monument. Established in 1634.

Boston Commons

The starting point of the Freedom Trail, Boston Common is the oldest park in the country. The park is almost 50 acres in size.

The "Common" has been used for many different purposes throughout its long history. Until 1830, cattle grazed the Common, and until 1817, public hangings took place here. British troops camped on Boston Common prior to the Revolution and left from here to face colonial resistance at Lexington and Concord in April, 1775.

Celebrities, including Martin Luther King Jr., Pope John Paul II, and Gloria Steinem (advocate of the feminist revolution), have given speeches at the Common.

 

 


Walking thru Boston Commons.

How about a Land and Water tour....

or....find out your future....

or...a "Pink" Land and Water Tour?

Street scenes....

 

Walkway near Boston Public Latin School
and Old City Hall.

Boston Public Latin School

The sidewalk artwork commemorates the original site of Boston Latin School, the first public school in America, on the now aptly named School Street. Brass letters, Venetian glass, and ceramic pieces spell out the names of its famous alumni.

The school was unique in the world. Technically, all children--rich or poor--could attend tuition-free. Practically, though, few poor children attended, since students had to pay for firewood, and poor families were more likely to require their children's assistance around the house. So in reality, the school became a bastion for education the Boston Brahmin elite.

Among those who studied in the first school building were Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams. It has produced four Harvard presidents, four Massachusetts governors and five signers of the Declaration of Independence. A statue of Franklin, Latin School's most famous dropout, stands in the nearby courtyard of Old City Hall.

 

 

Paul Revere's House

Built around 1680, this house is the oldest building in downtown Boston. It served as the home of silversmith Paul Revere and his family from 1770 to 1800. Paul Revere is famous for his "midnight ride" to Lexington, Massachusetts informing Samuel Adams and John Hancock that the British were coming to arrest them.

 

 

 

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