I hope you all enjoy this story and lesser known piece of historic trivia as much as I did when it was told to me. To the left of the New State House is a solitary statue of a true Boston Patriot. He is General Hooker, and the story that follows is the real deal on how our 'Lady's of the Night' got their official name. For those still shaking your head or still unfamiliar with that term, 'Lady's of the Night=Prostitutes=Hookers.'
It was said, General Hooker, was well...a ladies man and 'frequented' with 'the ladies'. Men in his regiment would see him with these ladies and say, 'there's 'Hooker's Girls'. His reputation obviously preceeded him, and the name stuck. Thus, Hookers. I find it slightly humorous to see that he is still sitting proudly on his horse, facing a certain section of Washington Street :) next to one of the most important governmental establishments in the city of Boston.
Paul Revere was employed by the Boston Committee of Correspondence and the Massachusetts Committee of Safety as an express rider to carry news, messages, and copies of resolutions. On the evening of April 18, 1775, Paul Revere was instructed to ride to Lexington, Massachusetts, to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that British troops were marching to arrest them. On the way to Lexington, Revere 'alarmed' the country-side, stopping at each house, and arrived in Lexington about midnight.
There's a policy in Boston, Cambridge and many of the surrounding areas that states that any historical building cannot have its appearance altered from the outside. You can do whatever you'd to with it from the inside, but by law, you are now allowed to alter the building from the outside AT ALL. This keeps the buildings looking like their original state.
Photo: 'Boston's Historical North End' - an area rich in historical buildings and sites. None of the buildings' exteriors have been altered.
Old Ironsides 1797
The oldest commissioned ship in the American Navy, the U.S.S. Constitution, which participated in the forty naval engagements without defeat, was nicknamed ' Old Ironsides.' Today it is a national historic landmark in Charleston Navy Yard.
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