Monday, September 22, 2014

Aloha to New England - Freedom Trail, Charlestown, and Bunker Hill


After visiting the USS Constitution at the Charleston Navy Yard, we followed the Red Brick Line known as the Freedom Trail.  

From its website (link),

Welcome to the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile, brick-lined route that leads you to 16 historically significant sites — each one an authentic treasure. Explore museums and meetinghouses, churches, and burying grounds. Learn about the brave people who shaped our nation. Discover the rich history of the American Revolution, as it began in Boston, where every step tells a story.

The trail lead us along Adams Street to Bunker Hill.

From the National Park Service (link),

"Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!" This legendary order has come to symbolize the conviction and determination of the ill-equipped American colonists facing powerful British forces during the famous battle fought on this site on June 17, 1775. The battle is popularly known as "The Battle of Bunker Hill" although most of the fighting actually took place on Breed's Hill, the site of the existing monument and exhibit lodge. Today, a 221-foot granite obelisk marks the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution.

Colonel William Prescott, who ordered "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!", is immortalized in with a statue in front of the obelisk.

The Bunker Hill Museum ... 

... is located in the former Boston Public Library - Charlestown Branch building.

 Notice the engraving above the door.  

 The Freedom Trail passed by the Charlestown Fire Department.

From its website (link),

This firehouse was opened, in its present configuration, in 1918. There has been a firehouse on this site since 1853. This site is the longest serving site of a firehouse in the City of Boston.

We followed the Freedom Trail across the Charlestown Bridge, where we met this Vietnam Veteran.  I can't resist a military man!

What do you know about the Revolutionary War?  I am curious to read comments from international readers!  One randomly selected commenter from this week's comments wins a book choice from my convention stash.  This giveaway is open to all readers.  Comments are open through Saturday, September 27,10 pm in Baltimore.  I'll post the winners on Sunday, September 28.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Duck Tours follows the Freedom Trail 


  1. I love the Duck Tour. I just recently visited Valley Forge. Amazing that I had never been there.

  2. lol... only what we were taught in school and that was a loooong time ago! Definitely would need a refresher. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Have to agree with Erin's comments!