Travel, life, history, and beauty
Millions of Stories...
A place for the geek in all of us.
Boston has a lot of history, from Puritans, to rebels/patriots, to victorian brownstones, and of course its the home of the patriots. I'm from the state myself, and I have to say it is a unique place like no other. Boston's windy streets hold treasures and secrets besides Fanueil hall and a cup of chowder, or Harvard. There are secrets here, and secret places to eat as well. Come with me, while I show you and let me know what you think about as always by commenting!
The Freedom Trail's Winding Course
Boston's Freedom Trail, takes walkers through a self-guided tour along the path of revolutionaries. There are tours provided as well with a costumed guide. Boston Common is a major stop on the path. The common was a notorious, and interesting place. It's also one of the oldest and first parks in America. Besides the common where men were whipped for looking at a puritan woman with supposed lust in his eyes, there is Park Street Church or brimstone corner. There a spot where puritan ministers espoused the faults of the settlers, and pledged that they would obtain freedom by staying away from popish things like Christmas. You can visit the Granary, established in 1660, but not the oldest burying point. Here there are 2300 hundred headstones nut well over 5000 bodies laying around there.
A Virtual Tour of the Freedom Trail
Boston's Burying Ground
The graves beckon all ye to stop, and they are part of the Freedom Trail. To miss these superb places is to walk literally away from the people who built the country. The stones like the one above are carved in slate, and adorned with skeletons, and poems about dust, bones and death. Watch where you walk though, because at one point headstones were removed from graves to let people walk the grounds with a tour. Well, in 2009 a tourist fell into a Granary Burial crypt. There is so much more I want to tell you about the stones, but for now get out there and explore them with the Freedom Trail Tour.
There were Pirates in Boston
There were pirates in Boston, mostly plundering vessels leaving the harbor. However, piracy boosted the economy, like mobsters make a neighborhood safe. In Boston, the plate ships were a common site and were welcomed. These ships were laden with gold, and attested that the gold was legally scavenged. Yeah, sound fishy? It should. Pardons were bought and sold, so while piracy was officially denounced, there were ways to continue doing it. The wharfs begat its own set of Boston native pirates. Including Ned Low.
Ned Low-A maniac Boston Pirate
Ned Low was a ship rigger in the wharf. One day he decided to turn pirate. He was described as a "maniac". Why?
He one cut off the ears of a commandeered ships captain, and then made that captain eat them sprinkled with salt. Then Ned killed the captain. He was very disturbed. His men eventually sent him to see without provisions, they couldn't be near him either, as gross as Ned's mind was. But, unfortunately a French ship found floating Ned. Once it was known to all there who their floating marooner was , they hung him. This was the evil on the seas, Ned Low.
This is a blog dedicated to travel, nerdy lifestyles, weird things and adventure. Come along with Colette to find something to tickle your fancy.