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24th April 2008

A trip back in time

posted in City Life, Education, Travel |

Today we’re taking our kids for a trip into the past—most notably, key moments in our nation’s birth that occurred in Boston. (To say my teenager is reluctant to embark on this adventure with his geeky parents and younger sister is a major understatement. Fortunately, I have no problem dragging him to things he doesn’t want to do for his own good—he can thank me later.) Our schools do a fair job of exposing our children to Lowell’s unique role in American history (more on that in a later post), but my children have never had a field trip to Boston or walked the Freedom Trail. So, today is it! We’ll start with a free guided tour of the State House, and then we’ll walk the Freedom Trail, stopping at key sites such as the Park Street Church, Granary Burying ground, site of the Boston Massacre, Old North Church, Paul Revere’s House and the Old South Meeting House etc. I haven’t decided whether to have a guided tour, led by an18th-century-costumed guide, or do it on our own. We’ll definitely stop in Faneuil Hall for refreshments and end with a meal in the North End before heading home.

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  1. 1 On April 24th, 2008, Jackie said:

    We had a great day, and even my son said it was “not as bad” as he expected although calling it fun is pushing it since it was educational after all. The guided Freedom Trail tour, led by famous orator and patriot-character James Otis, was well worth the $40 we paid for a family of four. (Mr. Otis was funny, informative, and very entertaining.) The $8 entry fee for all of us to visit Paul Revere’s house and hear his own account of his famous Midnight Ride was also well worth it, as was the free tour of the State House where our guide mentioned former Governor Benjamin Butler–our own LHS graduate and founder of Butler Bank. Apparently, he’s well known at the State House for starting a tradition in 1883 which continues today: that is, giving newly elected governors the bible inscribed in Butler’s hand with the words “You’re going to need this more than me.” In all, a great way to explore history together. The only downside: $33 for parking!

  2. 2 On April 24th, 2008, Margaret said:

    Sounds like a fun day! I’ve been on bits of the Freedom Trail, but for some reason never made it to Paul Revere’s house.

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