Monday, 24 August 2009

July, 2009 - BOSTON, MA

If Charleston is defined by it's role in the Civil War, Boston is defined by it's role in the Revolutionary War (and it's pubs).

We attach to a mooring ball in the river for $35 per night as to tie up to the dock would be about $200 per night.

Paul Revere's house is a small wooden structure that housed his family including up to 9 of his (I think) total of 16 children at any one time. Very cosy.

One light by land, two by sea. This is the church tower that Paul Revere put the light in before starting his famous ride. He was one of three riders that set out to warn two communities. Only one rider made it through to both and it was not Paul Revere. Can you remember the one who made it through? No one does. Paul gets the credit as his was the only name that would fit the rhyming sequence in the famous poem by Longfellow.

The Old State House and former Colonial Office. Site of the Boston "massacre". An angry mob surrounded some very frightened young British soldiers. A bell rung out (a fire signal of the day). Someone yelled "FIRE" and the soldiers fired into the mob, killing a few. Paul Revere did a famous drawing showing the soldiers standing as a "firing squad" shooting at a cowering and frightened crowd, calling it the "Boston Massacre". This drawing was widely distributed and helped flame anti British sentiments. An early example of successful propaganda.

The New State Building overlooks the Boston Common.

Boston's most famous bar "Cheers" and its oldest pub the "Bell in Hand". Alex and I talked to Norm and Frazier, but they did not have anything to say worth repeating.

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