The Freedom Trail took us to Boston's Historic North End. From its website (link),
Boston and its North End offer a veritable surfeit of historical sites and stories: from the days of the American Revolution through the China trade period of the early 1800s, to the extraordinary tsunami of Irish, Portuguese, Jewish and Italian immigrants who flooded Boston over the last century-and-a-half. Each epoch has left an indelible impact on commerce, customs, religious traditions, politics and institutions – in sum – upon the very city and neighborhoods that we know today.
I spotted a costumed tour guide waiting for his group to finish shopping for souvenirs ...
... across from the Old North Church. From its website (link),
Upon entering the church, I was taken back by the "pew boxes". The guide explained the Old North Church was a closed congregation - parishioners purchased the pew boxes to join the church. The boxes could hold an entire family.
The boxes are labeled with the original owner and year of purchase. The guide noted that most historic churches in both England and US removed the boxes for longer pews.
Behind the church is the Memorial Garden ...
... the dog tags were heartbreaking.
Do you remember Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, THE MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL REVERE? One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs wins a book choice from my convention stash. Comments are open through Saturday, September 27, 10 pm in Baltimore. I'll post the winner on Sunday, September 28, on SOS Aloha.
Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City
A tee shirt from the North End