Well we have reached the end of our journey on Boston’s historic Freedom Trail!
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this blog and have found it to be an entry point to how important history is to the city of Boston!
Anyways, I’m not quite sure if this is the end of the road for this blog, but if it is, it has been a pleasure of blogging the Freedom Trail for you guys!
Till next time,
Ordered in 1794 and launched in 1797, the USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship still afloat.
The nickname “Old Ironside” was given to ship during the War of 1812, when British cannonballs simply bounced of it’s sides. The ship sailed to many places, such as the West Indies, South America, and the Western Coast of Africa during it’s military usage.
The ship is currently docked in the Charlestown Navy Yard where it serves as a museum for the public.
The bottom image is a drawing of the battle in the War of 1812 where the nickname “Old Ironside” was earned
So here is the Bunker Hill Monument, though these are pictures I took last year. The first two are of the muniment itself, and the next two are the view from the top of the monument. I would highly recommend making the extra effort of climbing to the top because the view is incredible, though I will warn you that the walk down is a lot worse than the walk up, and if you suffer from vertigo, this is not an advisable activity.
The monument commemorated the Battle of Bunker Hill, which is actually misnamed, as most of the fighting happened on, and the monument is located on Breed’s Hill. The battle took place on June 17, 1775, during the siege of Boston.
The monument itself was erected between 1825 and 1843, and was designed by Massachusetts builder Solomon Willard.
The bottom image is a drawing of the incomplete monument from 1840
This is where we hit a snag in the plan
I have never been particularly fond of driving over bridges, but realize that it’s a necessity when trying to go places. For me, the shorter the bridge, the better. So upon realizing that I was going to have to cross the Charlestown Bridge, I had to mentally steel myself for the journey. After psyching myself up, I was able to convince myself that I had nothing to worry about and began to cross the bridge. What I did not realize however, is that you get to a point where you are no longer walking on solid sidewalk, but rather over grating, through which you can see the river running below you. At this point, I quickly made the decision to turn around, and realized that this was not a bridge that I would be crossing.
So there are two stops on the trail that I was not able to get to because they are in Charlestown. These locations are the Bunker Hill Monument, and the USS Constitution. Above are the photos that I took from the bridge while there was still solid sidewalk beneath my feet, and in these photos you can see the Bunker hill monument. Luckily, I had gone to Bunker Hill last year, so I do have photos from there which will be featured in my next post. However, I haven’t been to the USS Constitution before, the the photos in that post will not be my own.
Here we have Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Founded in 1659, it is Boston’s second oldest burying ground. Most of the people buried here were ordinary Bostonians from Boston’s colonial and revolutionary periods, mainly merchants, artisans and other craftspeople. There’s also a large number of freed African-Americans buried here as it was close to an African-American community.
The bottom image is an engraved view of Copp’s Hill from 1851