Copp's Hill Burying Ground was first laid out in 1660 and is the second oldest cemetary in Boston. Amazing considering the size of the land nearly 10,000 people are said to be buried here. Because of its location in proximity to the free black community there are over 1,000 black graves here. This includes many important community leaders. Beyond that the Copp's Hill Burying Ground is not really that remarkable as there are few well known people entombed here. There is a nice view of the harbour from the top of the hill but out of all the sites along the Freedom Trail, I thought this one was most deserving of a pass.
Andrew Jackson was called a "jackass" when he intoduced the Democratic party in 1828. Seizing the oppurtunity, Jackson embraced his label. He put the Donkey on his campaign posters and today it's still the symbol for the Democratic party.
The Boston Massacre Site. I put it here because most don't stop to see it or hear the volume this site speaks. It was the beginning of the Revolution at this very site that forever changed our country and made it what it is today. (Whether one thinks that is Good, Bad or Indifferent, Every culture has a site like this, and to me, it is held in highest regard.)
History: The circle of cobblestones is the site where tensions between the British soldiers and the colonists erupted into violence on March 5, 1770. The minor dispute was between a wigmakers young apprentice and a British sentry, and it quickly turned into a riot. Additional soldiers came to the aid of the British soldiers and were met by an angry mob throwing snowballs, rocks, clubs and insults at the British soldiers. The British soldiers fired into the crowd and killed five colonists. Samuel Adams and others called the event, 'a massacre'. Located in the intersection of State Street and Devonshire, in front of the Old State House. The Boston National Historic Park Visitor Center will stamp your passport book for this stop.
The Bunker Hill Pavilion and Monument in Charlestown is just across the Longfellow Bridge. I was on foot and just as I entered this large open space the skies started to darken, so I didn't have much time here. Just enough to snap this picture and then run for cover. I like the effect that the clouds lend to the scene.
The Freedom Trail. It is a trail that is marked with red bricks in the pavement.It follows the historic past of Freedom.
The walk begins at the Boston Common Information Center which is the nations oldest public park. It continues to the State House.(1798)
Park Street Church(1809)
Old Granary Buring Ground: Samuel Adams,John Hancock and Robert Treat Paine, three signers of the Declaration of Independence, as well as Paul Revere, the Faneuils and Ben Franklin's parents are buried here.
King's Chapel and Burying Ground (1686)
Boston Latin School Site (1840)
Old Corner Book Store (!710)
Old South Meeting House : Once the most important church in Boston,Scene of confrontation between Loyalists and Colonials.(1729)
Ben Franklin's Birthplace : A plaque remains at the 17 Milk Street (1706-1790)
Old State House: (1761-1775) fighting for Declaration of Independence
Boston Massacre Site : Conflict between sitizenry and the British in 1771 ended in the death of 5 persons ,one was a black man named Crispus Attucks.
Faneuil Hall ,Paul revere House,Christ Church: Boston's oldest Church(1723)
Copp's Burying Ground,U.S.S.Constitution,Bunker Hill Monument: Battle of Bunker Hill in June 17 of 1775
Old State House - The Old State House has played an important part in Boston's, and America's, history.