Boston, Beautiful Sunday on Monday

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· July 2019 · 7 min read · #beautifulsunday


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Rich in history, Boston is often referred to as "The Cradle of Liberty" for the role it played in instigating the American Revolution. It was settled in the 1630s by Puritans that fled religious and political persecution in Europe. Boston experienced a season of discontent as colonists began to rebel against the heavy taxation imposed upon them by the British Parliament.

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And, yes. This is Boston. I spent my #BeautifulSunday here. #BeautifulSunday is a tag hosted by @Ace108. I hope to see you join! The above picture is the Freedom Trail Do you see those bricks? They follow a path to show you exactly where you need to go to see the Progression of the war.



It's all about the Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail is a two and a half miles trail that is marked by red bricks. It will take you past sixteen historical landmarks, including meeting houses, churches, burying grounds and historic markers, to name a few. Together, these tell the story of the American Revolution.


The Freedom Trail starts in Boston Common. It is America's oldest park, having been established in 1634. The Puritans purchased the 44 acres from the first European settler, Anglican Minister, William Blackstone for the price of thirty pounds.

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It was purchased for the people of Boston in mind. Each homeowner paid six shillings and the land became known as “Common Land” used for grazing until 1830. A shepherd was paid "two shillings and sixpence per head" to tend townspeople’s livestock. Boston was so strict in their beliefs and until 1817, a giant elm in the Common was used for public hangings. Today, it is still used for the people of Boston, but, as a meet and greet place, a place to spread out your blanket and relax.

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John Hancock held fireworks here in celebration of the repealing of the Stamp Act. See Here This was a tax that was imposed on all American colonists by the British Parliament. It required them to pay a tax on every piece of the printed paper that was used.


Boston Common has, and continues to, serve a higher purpose as a place for public oratory and discourse. Here, during the 20th century, Charles Lindbergh promoted commercial aviation; Anti-Vietnam War and civil rights rallies were held, including one led by Martin Luther King, Jr.; and in 1979 Pope John Paul II gave Mass to a gathered crowd. Today, Boston Common is open for all to enjoy.

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It all starts here. It is is a humbling experience, knowledge of the sacrifices made. I know that I have taken it for granted... for there is no possible way of understanding this kind of sacrifice. I stop, place my hand over my heart and say the pledge of allegiance to quiet my heart. It is so close to the fourth of July and to me, our freedom will always go hand in hand with the birth of our nation.

Every step is a story, a piece of what ignited the American Revolution.

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The Park Street Church was built on top of the site of the Old Granary Building, The construction work included tearing down the Old Granary Building (built 1728) Their claim to fame was that they had sewn the sails to the USS Constitution there. Back in the day, Sunday Services WAS what you did for that day. The sermons could easily be two to three hours. Its nickname was Brimstone Corner, partly because of the sermons that were given there, but also because they stored gunpowder in the Church basement during the War of 1812. The first abolitionist sermon was preached from there and many members thought that William Lloyd Garrison should be lynched. The architecture was seriously Puritan. Plain and Plainer. They even disguised the one stain glass window so you couldn't see it from the outside.


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When the Kings Chapel East became overcrowded with the growing population of Boston, the Granary Burial Site was designated as a final resting place. The cemetery holds many Patriots from the Revolutionary War era, the most notable being Paul Revere. There are five of the victims of the Boston Massacre and three that signed the Declaration of Independence – Robert Paine, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams.


When you first walk in the gates, you are immediately drawn to the monument for Benjamin Franklin, who was born in Boston, but, moved to Philidelphia when he was 17. Incidentally, he is not buried there, he is resting in peace in Philidelphia, his adopted city.

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As an aside, James Otis is also buried there. A lawyer in Boston, who you probably never even heard of, happens to be one of our most important patriots. He coined the phrase “Taxation without representation is tyranny!” during a speech in 1761.

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Straight behind the Ben Franklin Memorial is the most famous grave in Boston, Paul Revere. You can recognize it as it is in the shape of a pedestal. There are so many more famous names in this cemetery, many patriots, but, space is limited and so is your time.


Paul Revere was made famous with the poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere." It retells the story of the legendary ride he made, carrying the lanterns (one if by land, two if by sea!) to Lexington and Concord on April 18, 1775, that resulted in the first shot fired in the American Revolution on April 19, 1775.


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Intersting markings were quite taken back with the ghosts and skulls on the stones of small children. Do you know what they had those there for? There were too many to show you and too much to post today, so I will be back tomorrow to finish up my wonderful day or three that I was there. I hope you enjoyed your time and some rehashing of history. I hope none of you fell asleep. As always I want to thank you for coming along! I want to apologize to @Ace108 and @c0ff33a for being sooo late. Life happens!


Flowers! There must always be flowers! I dedicate this picture to #MondayRed #ColorChallenge by @Kalemandra, who always and forever colors my world!

Oh, your loveliness carries soft delicate feelings - like a warm whisper passing swiftly by.

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Yes. If I had only known... How different life could have been.

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And just like that, this post is done. I want to thank @ace108 and @c0ff33a for hosting these challenges and even though the day is done, I can guarantee that there is still a little sunshine left in my heart. Have a most fabulous evening!



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Thank you for visiting my post 💖 Because of you, I come back to post again and again, I am encouraged by you, for the time you take to visit, comment or even upvote. For all of these reasons, I am eternally grateful. Don't ever forget what a wonderful world we live in, people. Let's hold hands around the globe and make this earth really spin. Some days, it is not as easy to see, how wonderful it really is. Kindness counts. Wherever you go, whatever you do.


I always post this poem down at the bottom of my posts. It is one that has become so near and dear to my heart. I only post the most famous part of it, but, wanted to post it in its entirety today.

they set my aunts house on fire
i cried the way women on tv do
folding at the middle
like a five pound note.
i called the boy who use to love me
tried to ‘okay’ my voice
i said hello
he said warsan, what’s wrong, what’s happened?

i’ve been praying,
and these are what my prayers look like;
dear god
i come from two countries
one is thirsty
the other is on fire
both need water.

later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
and whispered,
"where does it hurt?"
it answered,

"everywhere"
"everywhere"
"everywhere"

warsan shire



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