History and Cooking

Trip Start Apr 02, 2011
Trip End Sep 29, 2011

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Friday, April 29, 2011

Slept very well last night at the "Carter Estate." Maybe it's the windows...open again. Love the fresh air.

Up and blogged a bit, and then I decided I wanted to do something historical this morning. I decided on visiting Quincy, Massachusetts. It was only about a 20 minute drive toward Boston. Quincy is the birthplace of three distinguished American statesmen. John Adams, his son, John Quincy Adams and also John Hancock. Went to the National Park Service Visitor's Center. The uniforms of the Park Rangers reminded me of the summer I spent working at Lincoln's Home in Springfield, IL. The summer Sandy and I started dating.

The tour includes a couple of stops on a "trolly." Very quaint. The first stop was the home of Deacon John Adams (John Adams' father) and the birthplace of John Adams, second President of the US. Right next door was another home which John and his wife Abigail used to live in and where his son, John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the US was born. Some woman asked about the very large planks of pine that went into building the floor of the house. The tour guide said the pine had come locally, but in that time, all of the large pine trees belonged to the King, and it was illegal to cut any of them down. However, if they fell on their own via say a windstorm, then they were "fair game." He said, that was called a "windfall." How many of you knew that??? Not me! We later toured the house where John Adams lived while VP under George Washington.

Then, the highlight of the tour. Next to the visitors center is a church where both John and Abigail Adams are buried as well as John Quincy and Louisa Catherine Adams. Some of you probably know that John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were friends, but had a falling out when Adams was President and Jefferson was his VP. They were political enemies until 1813 when Adams wrote to Jefferson saying they should bury the hatchet. They wrote more than a thousand letters to each other in the last 13 years of their lives. And they both were determined to live to see the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1826. At 2:00 pm that day, Adams suffered a stroke and was dead by 6:00 pm. His final words, "Thomas Jefferson survives." Little did he know that Jefferson, while making it to July 4, actually died at 12:50 am. How interesting that two men so closely tied to the Declaration of Independence should die on the same day.

Then I headed back to Sharon and bought the fixin's for tonight's supper. Bacon-wrapped chicken bites, baked macaroni and cheese and calico beans. We had a great comfort food supper. After chatting in the living room, I retired to publish these blogs.

Did two of my favorite things today; learned more about history and cooked. Yep, it was a good day!

Tomorrow, historic Fenway Park!
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Janice Kiedaisch on

Enjoyed your historical comments, Dave. Glad you are having a good time.

Ken Cole on

If you get up into New Hampshire, get me a quart of (Grade "A" Light, if available) Maple Sirup. Seriously. I'll drive up and reimburse you for it when you get back. Buy you a beer, too.


dblegldave on

Sorry Ken, I won't make it up there. Wish I had known sooner, I'd have gladly made the trip for my old A Capella Choir buddy!! And we're going to be in Spfld on May 21 for the Cap. Area Art Fair...one of Sandy's favorite, so I could have brought it to you. Dave

dblegldave on

I knew I'd hear from you Mike when I went to Pat's first. Ha! I'll make it to Geno's later in the week when I've cleansed my pallet and ready for a true taste test. Seems I've been following I-95 for a long time out here. You have to be pleased and proud of what your comrades in arms did a few days ago. I know I am. Last night's Wash. Nationals game was special because it was "Military Appreciation Night." Very cool...see ya Mike!

dblegldave on

Having a great time Jan...thanks for reading!

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