Freedom Trail to Faneuil Hall

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Monday, September 14, 2009

"Often referred to as the Cradle of Liberty, Faneuil Hall has served as a marketplace and meeting hall since it was built in 1742.  The building became the first town hall in Boston and during the years leading up to the American Revolution the Great Hall on the second floor was the scene of many meetings where Bostonians voiced their dissent against the oppressive policies of the British Parliament. Faneuil Hall still provides a forum for debate on the issues of today."
            from a brochure published by National Park Service

This was the first full day of our program and I was so excited! I taught American history for many years and especially loved the Revolutionary period. I had long dreamed of being in the "birthplace of liberty"!  Fortunately my husband enjoys history as well.

After an early breakfast, we heard our first lecture from Charles Bahne (pronounced Bainey). His power point presentation called "Roots of the Revolution" gave us an overview of many sites we would visit on our field trips later in the day.

We boarded the bus midmorning and were treated to a bus tour of Boston. Were we ever glad we weren't driving! At Copley Square, we had lunch at Finagle a Bagel. I had a nice salad; John didn't love his sandwich.

After lunch, Charlie led us on a narrated walking tour of part of the Freedom Trail, starting at Boston Common and ending at the Old State House.  We made a stop at the Granary Burying Ground and saw markers of John Hancock, Paul Revere, Sam Adams, James Otis and the Boston Massacre Five. It was noted that this was a burying ground, not a cemetery, which comes from the French.

We ended our Freedom Trail tour at Faneuil Hall (pronounced Fannual), where we heard a talk by a National Park ranger. It was a very interesting place with huge paintings of some patriot VIPs and busts of others.

By 4 PM we were ready to head back to the hotel with very tired feet! We took the ferry from Long Wharf to the Navy Yard. The view is great and we decided it's a pleasant way to get to and from downtown.

Dinner was pretty good again---Italian this time, even tiramisu, one of favorites, for dessert. Sat with Ken, one of our coordinators and some other nice folks. No evening program which was good. Don't know if I could have stayed awake!

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