- The Freedom Trail, originally conceived by local journalist William Schofield, was first an idea to promote a pedestrian trail to link together important local landmarks in 1951. Today, people walk the red brick path to learn about those events that helped people gain independence from Great Britain.
- The Bunker Hill Monument, a stop along the Freedom Trail Tour, was built to commemorate the first major conflict between British and Patriots in the American Revolutionary War. Fought there in June 17, 1775, the 221 foot granite obelisk was built erected between 1827 and 1843 and has 294 steps to the top.
- Boston Common, the oldest city park in the United States, dates back to 1634 and is 50 acres of land surrounded by streets. The site on the Freedom Trail was used as a British camp prior to the American Revolutionary War and was used for public hangings until 1817.
- Built in 1723, the Old North Church is said to be the place where the famous signal “One if by land, and two if by sea” was sent before Paul Revere's midnight ride. Interestingly, an archaeologist began examining 1,100 bodies and 37 tombs in the basement crypt.
- One of the Freedom Trail landmarks is the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the entire world. She is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the U.S. Navy and was one of six original frigates launched in 1797 after the Naval Act of 1794.
- Did you know that King's Chapel, a historical stop on the Freedom Trail, was originally made of wood? Stone was built around the structure in 1749, giving it the name “Stone Chapel,” and the wooden church was destructed and removed through the windows of the church.
- Granary Burying Ground, often called Granary Burial Ground, was founded in 1660 and is the city of Boston's third-largest cemetery. Three signers of the Declaration of Independence, Paul Revere, and five victims of the Boston Massacre found their final burial place here, along with many notable Revolutionary War-era patriots.
- In Holly Mascott Nadler's book “Ghost of Boston Town,” she writes that Boston Common is mass grave. According to her book, this mass grave contains pirates, witches, Quakers, and Native Americans. “The Complete Guide to Boston's Freedom Trail” by Charles Bahne also says that the Common was used for public executions.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Random Writing: The Freedom Trail
This is one of my recent work assignments and it was so interesting to me I wanted to share some points about the Freedom Trail in Boston. Feel free to skip over this if you don't want to read it. ;)