Babe Ruth (1895 - 1948)
Ted Williams (1918 - 2002)
Jimmie Foxx (1907-1967)
John Pesky (1919-2012)
Click the pictures to learn about some of these baseball legends who, at one time, called Fenway Park their home.
Photo Credit: www.mlb.com
Boston Tea Party
Ships and Museum
"Revel with Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Dorothy Quincy and other prominent Bostonians as they lift their glasses in celebration, raise their voices in song and determine the fate of Colonial America!
Sample rustic fare, play authentic games, learn boisterous songs and cheerful dance in a spirited colonial tavern atmosphere. Let joy be unfettered and laughter unchained with the Sons of Liberty and Daughters of Freedom!"
This historic building was built as a common marketplace for Boston.
The 2nd floor was used as a meeting hall for town meetings with men such as Samuel Adams giving passionate speeches in defense of independence from England.
The meeting hall is still used to this day for meetings, banquets, debates, ceremonies etc. You can rent the hall for free, but be prepared to be on a waiting list! When I visited there in 2008 - there was a 10 year waiting list!
1742 - Shem Drowne, a Boston coppersmith made a grasshopper weathervane said to be modeled after a grasshopper weathervane on top of the Royal Exchange in London. It would later be gold gilded.
1761 - A fire damaged the grasshopper. Shem Drowne's son, Thomas, was chosen to fix it. Not only did he fix it, but he put a time capsule in the belly of the grasshopper. The time capsule included item such as coins, newspapers, letters.
1812 - Potential British spies were asked what was on top of Faneuil Hall. If they did not know about the grasshopper, they were suspected to be a spy.
1852 - More items were added to the time capsule
1952 - The time capsule was rediscovered, opened, and a new note was placed inside.
1974 - The grasshopper was stolen! But no worries it was recovered by Paul Revere's descendant, police officer, Paul Revere Carroll.
"The British are coming!"
-said no one ever!
Although we tell the story of Paul Revere warning colonists of the British soldiers coming with this popular phrase - it didn't actually happen that way...
Remember: at this time, they were all British citizens!
DID YOU KNOW ?
Paul Revere was not alone on his ride.
There was at least two other men that we know of that rode with him that night.
Old North Church
Paul Revere was appointed to ride to Lexington to warn of the British troops. He worked out a system that would alert the Patriots of the path the British were taking...
One lantern would be hung from the steeple of Old North Church if the British were traveling by land - two would be hung if they were coming by sea.
Points Of Interest Near Boston:
National Historic Park:
Drive time: 23 mins.
Site of "the shot heard 'round the world".
A.K.A. first battles of the American Revolution.
Drive time: 34 mins.
Hometown of Nathaniel Hawthorn (Author of The Scarlet Letter)
One of the leading international trading ports in the country in the late 1700's