|Benjamin Franklin statue in front of Old City Hall|
On my first full day by myself, I set my sights on the Freedom trail. It is composed of 17 historic sites linked together by a trail set in the streets of Boston with red brick which makes it easy to follow. Stop number seven was this statue of Benjamin Franklin and the old City Hall which is now utilized as a steak house. One thing I noticed and which I think it a great thing, instead of tearing down historic structures, Boston tends to recycle them in creative ways. Down the street from our hotel was a huge castle like building that had also been converted into a steak house.
|Political party sculptures|
In front of the old state house was a donkey which was put there by the democratic party sometime in the past. Not to be outdone, the republicans put a pair of footprints for you to stare the donkey depending on your political persuasion.
|Old South Meeting House|
This is a picture of the Old South Meeting House where the likes of Samuel Adams, Dr. Joseph Warren and many other Patriots gave speeches leading up to the siege of Boston. Back then, churches sold pew boxes like property to the highest bidder so if you were wealthy enough, you had your own guaranteed seat. As people died or moved out, their pew boxes were put up for bidding and as you gained wealth and put in your time, you could gradually move closer to the front of the church. Since good records were kept, one could still sit in the same pew boxes of well known patriots.
|Old State House|
Faneuil Hall was built by wealthy businessman Peter Faneuill as a place to gather all the markets in town into one spot. This wasn't popular among the merchants though so it wasn't a slam dunk proposal but eventually it passed and was built. Back when it was built, where I was standing to take this picture would have been in the actual bay but years ago, Bostonians scalped the hills of Boston and filled in the shallow bays so now, the waterfront was out of sight and a long ways from here. When I first entered the ground floor of Faneuill hall, I was disappointed because it was essentially a tourist trap of little kitsch shops designed to part a tourist with their money. However because I had done some research, I knew that one could go see the other three floors free of charge and I did so. Because it isn't posted as such, I pretty much had the rest of the place to myself while the ground floor was packed. The second floor was a meeting room where political events often took place and many of the patriots gave speeches to the masses. The third floor (actually the fourth floor) was a military armory chalk full of interesting military related weapons, paintings, uniforms, etc. It was one of the better museums along the Freedom Trail.
|Home of Paul Revere|
|Statue of Paul Revere in front of Old North Church|
Much more interesting to me than one of the homes Paul Revere lived in as an adult was the Old North Church seen behind the stature of Paul Revere. This was the church where the two lanterns were hung signaling that the British were going to attack by sea and not land. Paul Revere and partner William Dawes set off on horses to warn leading patriots of this news so that they could avoid capture.
|Old North Church|
One of the things I learned about the Old North Church was that it isn't really known for certain, who hung the lanterns up as the signal. It is suspected to be Robert Newman and Captain Pulling but because they both would have been hanged had their identities been found, it was kept a secret. Robert Newman was the sextant for the church and had the keys to he is most likely the culprit and the British did arrest him for a time afterwards before releasing him due to lack of evidence. Captain Pulling was an ardent patriot and close friend of Revere's and also a member of importance in the church so he certainly also could have helped in the task of hanging the lanterns. He and his family fled Boston after this event and remained in hiding until after the British had left which also gives credence to his involvement.
|Copp's Hill Burying Grounds|
|Mather Family Tomb|
|Narrowest House in Boston|