Boston and surrounding sites

Trip Start Jun 15, 2003
Trip End Jul 11, 2003

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Saturday, June 21, 2003

I drove in to Boston and spent most of the day on Boston National
Historic Park Freedom Trail.

I hiked the 260+ stairs of Bunker Hill  National Monument (site of the 1st major battle of the Revolution and  site of devastating losses to the British), and visited the Old State
House (built in 1713 and served as colonial and state government building)


Faneuil Hall (old market building built in 1742 and site of
town meetings lead by Sam Adams), Paul Revere House, and the USS
Constitution ("Old Ironsides") in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

I walked the Black Heritage Trail at the Boston African American National
Historic Site. I took a taxi to Cambridge to view the Harvard campus. I
stopped by the Longfellow House, which was built in 1759, used as HQ
for George Washington in 1775-76, and later the home of poet Henry
Wadsworth Longfellow.

On June 22nd I visited the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site that honored him as America's leadinglandscape architect (he has 5,000 public/private landscapes to hiscredit including Central Park and the US Capitol grounds.

In Brookline I visited the JFK National Historic Site, which preserved the home JFK was born in 1917.

Then I drove to Concord and Lexington to visit Minute Man National HistoricPark, the home to the events that led to the start of the AmericanRevolution on April 19, 1775. I viewed the homes of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott as well as the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
I ended the day at Lowell National Historic Park commemorating America's Industrial Revolution.

On July 23rd I drove to Salem Maritime National Historic Site. I walked
around Salem and visited the Witch Trials Memorial, Custom House,
"Friendship" and Derby Wharf Lighthouse.
I continued driving through Essex National Historic Area to Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site and viewed the furnace, mill and 17th century home used from 1646-1668 as the 1st integrated ironworks in North America.

I drove to Adams National Historic Park in Quincy, Massachusetts. I toured the birthplaces of John and John Quincy Adams. Later I spent hours in traffic.

On July 24th I relaxed all day at my cousins' house. All in all I drove 330 miles in and around Boston.
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