Boston’s Outdoor History Museum: A key to the past and the present

Boston is one of the most historical cities in the United States. The Freedom Trail is a path that leads to 16 of the country’s most historical landmarks. Each landmark played a pivotal role in America’s beginning and the growth of the nation. The trail is marked by a red brick path and weaves its way through Boston’s past in the middle of this important modern city. The trail starts at the Boston Common, America’s oldest public park, and ends at the Bunker Hill Monument, where one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolution took place.

The path tells it’s own story about how America came to be where it is today. It shows how Boston has grown as a city and serves as a reminder to today’s youth about our country’s past. In walking the freedom trail this past week, I learned for myself how walking through the historic sites of Boston tells a lot about Boston today. I’ve not been to a lot of the sites and areas and I was able to learn a lot about the past and present simultaneously. Learning about these sites in history class is very different from seeing them in person and I think it’s important to see these sites that reflect the story of America’s past.

The Freedom Trail logo is present at each of the 16 historical sites along the path and let the walker know where to stop.
The red brick path stretches 2.5 miles and provides an easy way to see the city and all the historical sites it has to offer.
The Boston Common used to be the site of hangings, duels, and public celebrations but today it continues to host public celebrations and the vibrancy attracts many locals to sit and hangout.
Along the Freedom Trail we come across other important sites, including a Paul Revere memorial, which is meant to inspire the youth of today with the patriotism of Paul Revere.
Boston’s first burying ground, adjacent to King’s Chapel, holds the graves of John Winthrop, Massachusetts’ first governor; William Dawes, Paul Revere’s compatriot, and Mary Chilton, believed to be the first woman to step off the Mayflower.
Built in 1729, this is the second oldest church in Boston, where many of the crucial events that led up to the Revolution took place
Faneuil Hall, a gift from a wealthy merchant in 1742, served as a meeting place where many Bostonians began their opposition to British authority. Today, Faneuil hall is considered more of an area with many stores and restaurants comprising 3 historic market buildings, and hosts a Christmas tree lighting in the beginning of December.
At Quincy Market, which is now part of the Faneuil Hall area, a combination of locals and tourist form a crowd to watch a street performer attempt to do tricks.
A statue of Paul Revere riding his horse on the way to the Paul Revere house demonstrates another attempt to remind the Boston youth of his patriotism and inspire Bostonians today to be proud of their country.
The Bunker Hill Monument, captured from across the bridge, commemorates the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution and serves as a reminder of the most famous battle that began the revolution that put our country where we are today. This serves as a nice endpoint to the story of how America fought for its freedom.
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