Following the Freedom Trail, we emerged from the North End into a green space that I did not recognize. The area opened up when the "Big Dig" moved I-93 underground and the overhead expressway was removed. We spotted another costumed tour guide enjoying the sunshine.
For lunch, we stopped by the Bell in Hand Tavern. From its website (link),
There aren’t many historical sites where you can get a great meal and a cold beer. You’re in one of them. The Tavern has been around since 1795. A gathering place for printers and politicians, sailors and students, it quickly became the most famous alehouse in the city. What was it about the Bell that made it so popular?
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Maybe it was Jimmy Wilson, the first owner. Everybody in Boston knew Jimmy. Not that they had much choice. You see, Jimmy was Boston’s town crier for fifty years. Good news or bad, Bostonians heard it all from Jimmy. He reported on everything from the Boston Tea Party to the birth of the nation. When he retired, he decided to open a tavern. He was proud of his former occupation and that’s why he called the place the Bell-in-Hand.
Fortified again for the Freedom Trail, we walked over to Quincy Market with the statue of Samuel Adams.
The Boston Fire Department asked us to "fill the boot" for MDA.
No sooner did we wind our way around downtown Boston ...
... that we spotted the fire truck in action across from the Old South Meeting House.
From its website (link),
One of the nation’s most important colonial sites, Old South Meeting House still stands in the heart of bustling downtown Boston today, open to the public daily as a historic site and museum. Old South Meeting House was a favorite stage in Boston’s drama of revolution, the place where colonists gathered time after time to challenge British rule in the years leading to the American Revolution. Old South Meeting House is the place where, meeting by meeting, vote by vote, a revolution began.
The Old South Meeting House sparked the Boston Tea Party. What's your favorite tea? 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.
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