East Coast Tour (Page 5)

My next stop was southern Connecticut.

Coffee Shop in Old Saybrook
Oct 05, 10

Boston Commons
Oct 08, 10

From there it was on to the last stop of the trip, Boston.

Walking through Boston Commons.

At the gravesite of Sam Adams.

with the following inscription:

Granary Burial Ground
Within this ground are buried
John Hancock, Samuel Adams and Robert Treat Paine,
Signers of the Declaration of Independence;
(followed by a list of Governors.)

Founded in 1660, the Granary is the third oldest burying ground in Boston proper. In 1737, when grain was stored where the present Park Street Church stands, the burying ground was renamed the Granary. Along with Massachussetts Governors, Clergymen, and Mayors, three signers of the Declaration of Independence, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and Robert Treat Paine, are buried here.
Approximately 5000 people are buried at Granary even though there are only 2300 headstones. Since funerals were expensive, there would be one headstone per family. Each grave contains at least 20 bodies.

--from cityofboston.com

Granary Burial Ground
Oct 08, 10

Old State House
Oct 08, 10

There are really only three rooms and the one in the center, which in the old days served as the assembly meeting room, is now a stairwell.

But on the side facing what was the main square was the Governor’s office. In colonial days, the Governor was the King’s representative in Boston.

On the outside wall is the balcony where the Declaration of Independence was first read to the citizens of Boston in late July 1776.

In October, 1789, President Washington visited Boston as part of a triumphal tour of the new nation. Washington headed up a splended parade, concluding at the Old State House. Here, he reviewed the festivities and greeted his coutrymen from a special portico.

--from the Old State House Museum

This spot, now a busy intersection, was the site of the Boston Massacre.

The balcony in the preceeding photo is visible on the Old State House in the background.

Old State House
Oct 08, 10

Oct 08, 10

This is the bar that the TV show Cheers was based on.

My final morning was spent at the JFK Presidential Library.

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library
Oct 09, 10

Moon Rock
Oct 09, 10

This is an actual moon rock brought back by Apollo 15 astronaut James Irwin, August 7, 1971.

My final stop was Plymouth, and the spot where the Pilgrims landed in 1620. Plymouth Rock is indeed that…just a big rock.

Plymouth Rock
Oct 09, 10

Mayflower II
Oct 09, 10

Docked in the harbor is a replica of the Mayflower.

And that concluded my trip. 4000 miles driven in three weeks.

  • A - Dallas, TX
  • B - Little Rock, AR
  • C - Memphis, TN
  • D - Maggie Valley, NC
  • E - Oxford, NC
  • F - Montecello in VA
  • G - Washington D.C.
  • H - Philadelphia, PA
  • I - New York, NY
  • J - Old Saybrook, CT
  • K - Boston, MA

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