A few thoughts from the end of the Freedom Trail

Walked the Freedom Trail yesterday, and got back to the hotel exhausted but euphoric. The density of Revolution-related sites in Boston is unlike anything I’ve experienced before.

Usually, when I take a Rev War road trip, I’ll have two or three things I really want to see, I’ll have to drive quite a few miles to get from one to the other, and I try to read every wayside marker and exhibit label I can find.

Doing Boston is different. Here you can walk a couple of miles and hit more than a dozen sites, and each one of them is a headliner. There’s no way you can thoroughly cover it all. It’s like visiting a buffet where you want to eat everything, so you just pile your plate with as much as it’ll hold and start cramming your face until you’re stuffed.

Another thing that strikes me is the antiquity of what you can see. In my neck of the woods, seeing a building from the early nineteenth century is a treat, and getting to see one from the late eighteenth is worth a two-hour drive. Here, though, running across a material remnant of the seventeenth century isn’t unheard of. Yesterday I saw tombstones that had been sitting there a century before Tennessee became a state.

It’s historic sightseeing of a totally different order. And that’ll have to do it for now; I’m off to Lexington and Concord.


Filed under American Revolution, Colonial America, Museums and Historic Sites

5 responses to “A few thoughts from the end of the Freedom Trail

  1. A visit to Boston is well worth the time and expense.

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  2. Hugh

    Michael, I’m beyond envious! Know that for every site you see, every building you enter, every document you strain to read, you are representing thousands of us who would love to be in your shoes. I live in Texas, and when visitors ask me “Where are all the old buildings?” (Other than the Alamo) I just tell them, “We’ll, tepees don’t last very long.” I don’t remember how I found your blog, but I love it! Enjoy your well-deserved trip! –Hugh Poland, Kingwood, TX

  3. I’m so jealous. Over here, seeing a building from the mid-19th century is pretty rare. I would wear myself out in Boston too!

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