Recently, I traveled to Boston, rented a car, and then headed to Connecticut (stay tuned for future blogs about some of those adventures). This provided me an opportunity to see Boston, Providence and countless towns in between (yes…I got lost). As well, we traveled to Uncasville where my daughter attended a concert at the Mohegan Sun casino.
While in Boston I experienced the Freedom Trail. I recommend that you go it as it features many historic sites such as Beacon Hill, the site of The Boston Massacre, The Old State Building, the site of The Boston Tea Party and other interesting places such as churches and graveyards.
The reason I wanted to go is because Anna who one of the stars in my first book, lived in Shrewsbury Massachusetts untill she was thirteen. This is actually pretty close to Boston (remember I live in Canada where we are really spread out, especially in the prairies). As an adult she traveled back to Massachusetts to find her older brother and is waylaid in Boston. I researched for countless hours discovering topography, maps and about the buildings that would have been near the harbor in 1808. While doing so fell I in love! Travelling there was always on my ‘To Do List’ (England will be my next historic adventure…I hope).
One of the scenes in Run Away Anna was walking down Beacon Hill toward the harbor. I’d envisioned the cobble stone streets filled with sailors, weary travelers and playing children. The smell of freshly caught fish and the stale fragrance from ocean once the tide is out. Experiencing Beacon Hill was my number one goal for the sightseeing adventure but I instantly fell in love with every inch of the freedom trail! My only complaint about the experience was that I wished they hadn’t developed around the old building. That they hadn’t built skyscrapers in between these antique buildings.
If you follow the link above you will find the City of Boston’s blurb about the history of Beacon Hill and the surrounding neighborhood. If you are also interested in a more detailed historic account of the area surrounding the harbor check out the following book I bought while in one of the museums. An Essential History of the Hub: Boston Miscellany by William P. Marchione published by the History Press (here is their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HistoryPress/)
Interesting facts I learned from this book:
- Boston was founded in 1630
- William Blackburn was living on what is now known as Beacon Hill when missionaries arrived in 1634 (he didn’t like them and eventually sold the majority of his property and moved away to Charlestown). He was a clergy man who left England because he wanted to get away from the some of the Anglican practises
- He had an orchard (I love trees)
- After he moved he kept a few acres around the Beacon Hill area and retuned often to visit
- After Blackstone passed away King Phillip’s braves destroyed his house by burning it taking most of his journals and books with it
Stay tuned for more blogs on my site seeing adventures on The Freedom Trail