Spend a Weekend with American History in Boston

bostonBoston, the Hub, Bean Town; no matter what you call it is recognized around the world as the Cradle of Liberty. Despite its growth into a modern world class city with tall buildings straddling major highways, it still safeguards pockets of our nation’s colonial history. The revolutionary period is alive in Boston, and you can flavor most of it in a single weekend. Coming from North Carolina, you would think I had enough opportunity to experience early American history with all of the famous battles fought in the Carolinas between the Swamp Fox, Frances Marion, the Colonial Militia, and Britain’s Lord Cornwallis; but only Boston has incorporated the American Revolution and its major characters into its everyday experience.

It’s been several years now since my wife and I, along with two young sons, made the trip to Boston. Staying in one of the many fine in-town hotels can be a tad pricey, especially for a family, but that shouldn’t be a problem if you have or rent an automobile. The great highway systems leading into Boston from the suburbs offer plenty of inexpensive places to stay that lie about thirty minutes out of the city.

Lexington and Concord are adjacent to one of those highways, and offer not only excellent lodging, but a great taste of revolutionary history as well from the bridge over the Concord River where, in the words of Oliver Wendell Holmes, “…the embattled farmers stood, and fired the shot heard round the world.” Only a few miles away, you can visit Lexington Green where the first pitched battle between the British regulars and the minutemen took place.

Boston is a city to be appreciated by walking and by tour bus. The city’s great shuttle tour bus network will get you to all the places that you must see, and leave you there with pickups every hour until late at night. In one day you can visit the family home of Paul Revere and climb the seemingly endless stairway to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument. You can visit and tour the USS Constitution “Old Ironsides,” the oldest ship in the United States Navy that is actively commissioned, has a full crew complement, and is ready to go into harm’s way when needed.

No visit to Boston is complete without visiting and enjoying the Italian flavor of Boston’s North End with its fine restaurants. While you’re there, you can visit the Old North Church where Paul Revere climbed to the church bell tower to signal that the British were indeed on their way. Toward evening you can walk through the Boston Public Gardens and the Common to Tremont Street where the gravesites are spotted with names from our history books: Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, William Dawes, John Hancock, the parents of Benjamin Franklin, and the victims of the Boston Massacre.

At the end of each day of touring, you can visit the shops and restaurants at Haymarket Square and stop at the famous New England Oyster House for a bowl of hot delicious “Clam Chowda.” Just one word of advice, however, when you plan your trip to Boston, keep in mind that it is in New England, a place with formidable winters. Visit in the late spring, summer, or early fall to ensure that you enjoy the city at its weather best.

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