Are you ready to get started? Great! This journey begins in City Square Park. Head on in there and I’ll tell you about it.
So, according to the directors of Friends of City Square Park, this patch of beauty was once an “urban wasteland.” It’s hard to believe when you stroll through the park now, but it’s true. Back in the 1970’s and 1980’s there was a rather ugly old highway here that would no lo
This beautiful fountain has been the backdrop for many events since 1995. Weddings, annual wreath hangings, concerts and even yoga. Go take a look! Then come back to this spot and head north.
See all those stones in the grass over there on your right? Well, they aren’t here by any sort of accident. These are actually the foundation stones of what’s known as “The Great House” which was built as part of the Charlestown settlement way back in 1629. It was Governor John Winthrop’s house, then a community center, and then a tavern. Three Cranes Tavern, to be exact. It was a place for travel
Please turn right as we keep following the Freedom Trail. On your right you will see a small Charlestown Veterans Memorial Park. Keep walking until you get to Henley Street..
So that’s a pretty good looking building just ahead on your left, isn’t it? That is Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. Their parish combined with the St. Catherine of Sienna parish back in 2006 and now both occupy this historic building. It was built way back in the 1890’s by Irish-American architect Patrick Charles Keely. He was a busy man and designed nearly 600 Roman Catholic buildings in his
Not sure I’d want to live in that home right next to the firehouse on your left. How about you? I’m guessing it probably gets pretty loud. Although, if your house caught on fire, help would be right next door! Anyway, this is Engine 50 Firehouse and is the oldest Fire station in Boston. The first Firehouse at this location was built in 1853. They probably wish they had this back in 1775. Remember
This park is also known as The Training Field. Head on in there and turn left at the T junction. This place was originally farm land. Then it became a training ground for the colonial militia. After the battle of Bunker Hill, the park was rebuilt and had a firehouse, a school and a munitions depot. Those aren’t here anymore since the depot was destroyed and the other buildings moved to different
How about a Civil War Memorial? Well ok then. I have one for ya. It’s ahead on your right, sculpted in granite, and was dedicated in 1872. This piece was the work of an Irish immigrant by the name of Martin Milmore. Sculpting must be hard work because Martin died at age 38.
Time to leave the park and keep heading toward Bunker Hill. Follow the trail to the corner of Adams and Winthrop Street and
Ooh Look! We found a Museum! Run inside and check it out in preparation for our stop at the Bunker Hill Monument! It’s open daily from 9 to 5. Inside you can find some neat artifacts from this historic Revolutionary War battle along with an original diorama from that famous battle. Also, and this is important, if you want to climb the Battle of Bunker Hill Monument, you need to get your FREE ticke
Wait! A statue! Let’s talk about it. Have you ever heard that quote that says “Do not fire until you see the whites of their eyes?” Well that’s what this guy said. His name was William Prescott and he was the commander of the Patriot forces in the Battle of Bunker Hill. He said these famous words so that his soldiers would wait on firing and be more accurate with their shots. The militia had limit
Here it is! The Bunker Hill Monument. First, let’s talk a little about the structure itself. 294 steps is all it takes to get to the top of this granite obelisk. There’s an exhibit lodge around the back side of it, but we will talk about that later. That lodge is how you get to those 294 steps.
This monument is 221 feet tall and is actually one of the very first monuments to be built in the Unite
The building up on your left with the pillars is the Bunker Hill Lodge. Rangers that work there are more than happy to put on 20 minute lectures at the top of every hour from 10 am to 4 pm. On Fridays and Saturdays from June through September you can watch a live musket firing demonstration! Also, the lodge is where you will enter to climb the monument, if you already got your free ticket from the
Yup, you are headed the correct way. Go through the tunnel. You know, when I was a kid and used to go on road trips with my family, we would always have competitions to see who could hold their breath the entire way through a tunnel. I bet you can manage this one. Follow the crosswalk after you come out of the tunnel and turn left after you cross Chelsea Street. We are staying on the Freedom Trail
Hi! I’m still here. Look at that beautiful house to your left. It’s the Commandant’s House and is one of the oldest structures in the Charlestown Navy Yard. It was built back in 1805 for the USS Constitution’s first commander. His name was Samuel Nicholson and he and his lucky family probably really enjoyed taking in some amazing panoramic views from that house!
Five other USS Constitution comman
Ok, if you’d like to turn left and go explore the Charlestown Naval Shipyard Park, go for it. There are some nice memorials and even a restaurant over there. If you decide to do that, please make sure you come right back here and keep following 1st Avenue.
Or, turn right here and let’s go explore the USS Constitution Museum! The entrance is around the corner.
I know you can’t wait to climb aboard the USS Constitution but you really ought to spend some time in the museum to understand what a special Naval ship she was. The museum has some suggested admission prices, which help keep the doors open for visitors. It is free to visit the ship itself, but you do need a form of ID in order to board.
Ok, so what’s in the museum? Amazing exhibits, super fun da
Did you enjoy the USS Constitution Museum? Did you swab any decks or eat salted meat? Well you missed out if you didn’t.
This building here is the Charlestown Navy Yard and Visitor Center. It’s free to enter and has some nice exhibits that tell the story of the Charlestown Navy Yard.
Are you about ready to climb aboard the USS Constitution? You know, “Old Ironsides?” AWESOME! Me too! Follow the
Have you ever wanted to see the world’s oldest commissioned, and seaworthy naval boat? How about a ship that has never been defeated in battle? What about a ship whose sides are so strong that cannon balls bounced off its wooden hull. A wooden boat so strong that it was nicknamed “Old Ironsides?” How about a War Ship who’s copper bolts and fastenings were made by Paul Revere himself? You know Paul