Boston, Massachusetts

Grammy Red met us in Rochester, MA.  We chose this location so we would be able to travel to Boston, MA and Providence, RI.   We drove her car to Boston because Great White would not have fit on those small streets.  We were glad she was here to visit a Capitol or two with us.  The Massachusetts State House  was completed in 1798.  A young volunteer took us on a tour of the building designed by Charles Bulfinch (who also designed the US Capitol and Maine’s Capitol.)  It has a red brick exterior and the dome which is covered in 23 carat gold and topped with a pine cone (which symbolizes the importance of the lumber industry.)  We saw a large bust of John Hancock the first governor of Massachusetts as well as the first signer of the Declaration of Independence.  We visited Nurses Hall, Memorial Hall and the Great Hall.  The 160 member House of Representatives and the 40 Senate were holding informal session so we were allowed to tour the rooms, but not take any photographs.

After a picnic lunch we walked some of the Freedom Trail.  We visited the Granary Burying Ground where John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, Samuel Adams (who we are focusing on in History right now,) Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin’s parents and victims of the Boston Massacre were buried.  We passed King’s Chapel, the sight of the first public school, the Old South Meeting House (where the Boston Tea Party began,) the Old State House, the Boston Massacre Site, Faneuil Hall and ended at Paul Reverse House.

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