On Monday I had planned on taking it easy as the forecast had more rain. After a visit back at Bruegger’s Bagels, I headed across the street to the Old South Meeting House.
This was a highlight for me because of the significance as it was here where the signal was given for the Boston Tea Party. On December 16, 1773 one more plea was made to the Governor to let the ship full of tea sail without unloading the tea avoiding the taxes. They were denied and it was at the Meeting House where Samuel Adams declared “This meeting can do nothing more to save the country!” which was the signal for the Sons of Liberty to head to the Harbor. Many of the towns meetings were held in this building and events are still held here to this day. Inside you can read signs, see maps, and use QR codes to hear the history of not only that day but other important events. Inside there was a young lady who gave me a run down and then later did a talk.
The rain appeared to be holding off so I decided to make my way along the Freedom Trail to the Old North Church. It was about a 20-minute passing by the Jackie Kennedy Greenway, through Little Italy and past old brick houses. I think that is one of my favorite features of Boston was the old brick houses and brownstones.
The Old South Church is located in an area called the North End not too far from the water. There is a courtyard with a statue of Paul Revere as you walk up to the church. There is a $6 fee to get in but worth it as it’s a beautiful church. The Old North Church is where two lanterns were hung at the top of the tower to signal the town the British were on the way crossing the Charles River headed to Lexington. “ One if by land and two if by Sea. They chose the Old North Church because at the time it was the tallest structure in town.
Inside you find displays about history and you are handed a card with details about the church. Something interesting I learned was about the boxes used rather than the pews. Up until 1913, parishioners would purchase a box for their family rather than the church taking an offering. Inside the box, there would be a small box where they would place a heated brick to heat up their area.
I had a meeting with the sales department for the hotel so I had to head back. On my way to the church I kept seeing people carrying these white boxes with blue writing so when I saw someone with it on the way back, I asked about it. They said it was Mikes Pastry’s, a very popular pastry shop in town. It's just a couple blocks off the trail on Hanover Street. They have a huge selection of pastries including doughnuts, eclairs and more but the prize here was the cannoli. They had probably 20 different options for stuffings. I believe the Ricata is the traditional but I got a chocolate stuffed
After the meeting I headed over to the Samual Adams Taproom to try a flight of Samual Adams Beers. I already liked the Cherry Wheat, so I got that of course but also tried October Fest which is a little bit of a dark beer, Wicked Hazy which Is pretty light, and Java the Hut which was in between and one of their exclusives. The bar itself was pretty big and I loved the stadium seating. Soo after I walked out the rain started and came down pretty hard so it was time to head back to the hotel.
For dinner that night, I shamefully did not try anything different and headed back to Shake Shack for a burger. For the quality, the price is not bad and its was just around the corner from my hotel. After dinner, headed back to the hotel to relax as Tuesday I wanted to start early. Monday was a fun day where I got to see the sites for two very important events in our history and that will stick with me for a long time.
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