Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Freedom Trail Tour

Today went went on a fun excursion. It has stopped raining (well, until tomorrow when it is supposed to rain all day!). So, we decided to get outside and go on a walking tour of some of Boston's historic sites. It is called the Freedom Trail Tour. It was a really fun and interesting tour.

We will definitely take people who come to visit us on this tour!

This is a picture of Jace in the 3rd oldest burying grounds in Boston. They do not call it a cemetery, because most of the people were buried in mass graves with no markers. They estimate that 18,000 people are buried on this small plot of land.

I took a picture of Chaz in front of Paul Revere's grave marker.

This is a picture of Marissa and Brynn in front of a church that was built in the 1800's.

Our narrator for the tour, posed with the kids in front of Faneuil Hall at the end of the tour.

This is a picture of Chaz and Jace in front of The Old State House. On the balcony of this building the Declaration of Independence was read for the first time. Each 4th of July 1000's of people gather to hear it read again and have a party!

What the kids learned on the tour:

Chaz - John Hancock was buried wearing his fine clothes and jewels. His wife was mad at him, so she told everyone about it, knowing they would rob his grave. When the robbers couldn't get his rings off of his fingers, they stole his whole hand.
It was never returned. Then when the grave was under construction, the workers left it open and his head was stolen. It has also not been returned.

Jace - We found out that Samuel Adams was not a good looking man. His dad ran a brewery, so when they created Sam Adams beer, they actually based the picture off of Paul Revere.

Marissa - We learned that Benjamin Franklin's parents are buried in the same graveyard as Paul Revere.

Brynn - There is a gold grasshopper on top of Faneuil Hall. When the settlers wanted to know if someone was a British spy, they would ask them what was on top of Faneuil Hall. If they didn't know, or if they said it was a cricket, then they knew that they weren't from Boston and they were a spy.

1 comment:

Suze said...

Gotta love Jace's comment