Wednesday, July 15, 2015

East Coast Adventure Part 6

On the last day of our trip we popped out of the Park Street subway station onto the Boston Common and the beginning of the  Freedom Trail.  We visited old churches, graveyards, and meeting houses. We saw the graves of the Boston Massacre victims and we saw the place where patriots met and decided to dump the tea.


 

This is the "new" State House, built in 1798.


We walked through the Boston Public Gardens--where the ducks lived in Make Way for Ducklings!


The famous grasshopper weather vane atop Faneuil Hall


The Old State House, once the most impressive building in Boston, is now dwarfed by skyscrapers.  The Boston Massacre took place in front of it and in 1776 the Declaration of Independence was read from the balcony.


Unfortunately there are still a few stray British soldiers roaming Boston.


We were surprised to stumble upon this "veritable orgy of fruits, vegetables, and even fish piled high on rickety wooden carts and tables."  It's called the Haymarket and it is basically a 300-year-old farmer's market.  (quote from the Freedom Trail guidebook)


After walking through the Italian neighborhood, we came to Paul Revere's house.  It was of a medieval style.  (It was built in 1680.)  The home of puritan pastor Cotton Mather once stood on this site as well.


A statue of Paul Revere with the spire of Old North Church in the background.


This lady was making chocolate.


This is the narrowest house in Boston.


The Bunker Hill monument.  It doesn't have an elevator, so we had to climb up 296 steps.



The U.S.S. Constitution, currently in dry dock.  We talked to a friendly security guard here who said he used to go sledding on Bunker Hill.  He had a perfect Boston accent.


You can see the monument again in the background.


In the subway tunnels.  See the sign?!


When we got off at the Wonderland stop, the name seemed fitting.  A dense fog had come in from nowhere and it was suddenly cold.  Also there was a beach.


We flew home the next day.  Our East Coast Adventure was a grand success which we will remember fondly for many years to come.

Monday, July 6, 2015

East Coast Adventure Part 5

New York City!


We rode over on the ferry.


We saw the Statue of Liberty.


And Ellis Island, where our great-grandpa landed.


Then we walked around in New York City.






I bought a hat.


Trinity Church (National Treasure!)


 John Hancock is buried here in this tiny graveyard nestled between skyscrapers at the corner of Broadway and Wall Street.


Here is part of the enormous 9/11 memorial.


The next day we went to Plimoth Plantation.  We saw real live Indians.  This stoic canoe-making Apache was not wearing pants!


All the people who work in the Indian village are actual Indians.  (So they won't take me.)


The English Village.


 The people in the village are role-players.  Each one is playing a real person who lived in the settlement.  They talk differently and they don't know about anything after the 17th century.  It was a little awkward talking to them, but fun too.  I think that would be a really fun job.



This shingle-maker was educating the group of elementary school kids on the proper terms of respect.



We also got to see the Mayflower II.  It was hard to believe that all those people crossed the ocean on that tiny ship.

Monday, June 29, 2015

East Coast Adventure Part 4

We enjoyed a meal at the City Tavern, a restaurant which recreates an 18th-century colonial atmosphere and diet.  It was wonderful!


This is the kind of  sedan chair that Ben Franklin rode in when he was very old.


At the Constitution Museum there was a a fascinating statue display of each signer of the constitution.  They were carefully crafted to be life-size and as accurate as possible.  I particularly enjoyed seeing James Madison, because I had read that he was the same size as me.  And he was!  That's who I have my arm around.




We stopped at Elfreth's alley, the oldest residential street in America.



Look closely at the bottom of this mural to see Anna and me.


Mercer Museum was interesting to say the least.  In 1916 a historian/archaeologist named Henry Mercer decided to build a six-story concrete castle to house his collection of 30,000 pre-industrial tools and machinery.  Using a steam-powered concrete mixer, he and eight assistants built the castle piece by piece.  


We started at the top of the castle--where they keep the most disturbing artifacts.

A gallows.

A prisoner's dock.

A hearse.


Many large objects are hung up in the central atrium.


We drove through Valley Forge.  This building was Washington's headquarters.


We had a great time at the Einwechters', talking and playing crazy games.