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1/16/17 at 11:52 AM 0 Comments

The Rich History of Boston You Won’t See Anywhere Else

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The city of Boston is gleaming with rich history spanning hundreds of years—more than enough to warrant an extended vacation to experience as much as possible. The grand architecture alone is a testament to the minds that have contributed to the city since it was founded in colonial times.

Here are five historical places that you’ll love to visit when you’re in Boston, along with a bonus way to experience the city’s history while deepening your personal faith.

The Boston Athenaeum

Founded in 1807, the Boston Athenaeum is a breathtaking collection of rare books and art housed in a combined museum and library setting. A highlight of the collection is the oldest colonial library in Boston: the King’s Chapel Collection. While access is generally limited to members only, it’s open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m., and once a year offers an open house. During the open house, you can gain access to areas that are not usually open to the public...but visiting anytime to glimpse the extraordinary collection is worth it.

The Public Garden

Created in 1837 as the first public botanical garden in America, the Boston Public Garden is considered one of Boston’s flagship attractions. Influenced by the Victorians, the gardeners began incorporating a new style of vibrant floral patterns with colors that were once considered to be of poor taste. Times have changed and the colorful hybrid plants are now loved by all. If you’re traveling with your family, take time to find the Make Way for Ducklings statue and ride a swan boat.

The Bunker Hill Monument

At the start of the Revolutionary War on June 17, 1775, Major General William Howe led his British army to defeat the Americans in the Battle at Bunker Hill. A 221-foot monument made of granite was erected on top of Breed’s Hill (where most of the battle took place).

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can climb the 294 steps to the top of the Bunker Hill monument. Passes are free and are provided on a first come, first serve basis.

Paul Revere’s home

Immortalized by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, Paul Revere’s Ride, Revere is best known for developing a warning system using lanterns to warn the minutemen when the British were invading. However, he also spent twenty years as an American goldsmith and practiced dentistry on the side.

Revere’s home, built in 1680, is located along the Freedom Trail and offers a variety of on-site historical activities for adults and children.

William Lloyd Garrison’s home

Author of the anti-slavery newspaper, TheLiberator, William Lloyd Garrison used his powerful voice to speak out against slavery for many years. He began his work as a writer and editor with the Newburyport Herald, providing him with the skills and experience necessary to create his famous publication.

The city of Boston is rich in anti-slavery history and is considered the hub of the national and international anti-slavery movement.

Deepen your faith with Christian Discoveries

You’ll want to set aside some special time to participate in a program called Christian Discoveries—a five day historical adventure spanning the area between Boston and New York City. Beginning each day with a morning devotional, you’ll have the opportunity to “grow in your personal faith while exploring history and God’s role in creating our country.”

With this unique program, you’ll visit key Revolutionary War sites like Lexington and Concord, plus the National Heritage Museum. You’ll get to experience climbing aboard a replica of the Mayflower II, and visit a recreated Pilgrim village where you can discuss the important role faith played in their lives and the founding of our nation.

Planning your trip

While you’re planning your trip to Boston, be sure to schedule your trip for the right season, depending on where you want to go, because some attractions are closed in the winter. You can plan ahead of time by finding a local hotel, and checking the weather before you leave to make sure you’ve packed the right clothes—the winters in Boston aren’t mild.

No matter what historical sites you visit, you’ll have a wonderful time exploring the beautiful, rich history of Boston. You may even discover surprising new details about historical people and events, and shed new light on your personal faith while you’re at it.

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