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Grand Review: October 18-20, 2019

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Saturday, October 19

In Pursuit of Liberty: An Exploration of Boston's Many Revolutions 

There will be 70 seats available for this tour.

Description: There are few places in America that reveal such a dramatic story within an authentic historic setting than the city of Boston. Boston’s Trails to Freedom weaves together an American narrative that explores our nation’s experiment in self-government and the ongoing struggle to sustain a democratic society.

Join National Park Service staff and partners on a day-long exploration by trolley, foot and ferry of some of Boston’s most iconic sites. Explore the seeds of revolution, including the struggle for independence from Great Britain and the ongoing struggle for liberty, justice and equality within America. Enjoy talks, conversations and site visits that link past with present and inspire consideration of the democratic ideals that continue to shape us as a nation. Tour stops include: Bunker Hill, Charlestown Navy Yard and the USS Constitution, a ferry to Long Wharf, Old State House, Fanueil Hall, and the Old South Meeting House where the Boston Tea Party occurred. Lunch at the Commandant’s House, Charlestown Navy Yard.

 

The Road to Revolution: Battle Road HIKE

There will be 45 spots available for this tour.

Description: Facing the threat of rebellion, British General Thomas Gage hoped to prevent violence by ordering the seizure of weapons and powder being stored in Concord, twenty miles northwest of Boston. Departing Boston late in the evening on April 18, 1775, the King’s troops marched into the small town of Lexington at around 5:00 AM, the next morning. Waiting to greet them was a small company of militia commanded by Captain John Parker. A shot rang out…

Start your tour at Lexington Green with Park Ranger Jim Hollister and learn what happened on that fateful day - April 19, 1775.

After the bloody encounter on Lexington Green, Captain Parker rallied his shattered company and led them to the western border of their town and back into the fight. Enjoy a tour with Project Archeologist Dr. Meg Watters of this second battle site – Parker’s Revenge – recently investigated with surprising results.

Walk across the North Bridge at Concord, where colonial militia and minutemen encountered the British and fired the “Shot Heard Round the World”.

Visit the Colonel James Barrett House and Farm, the epicenter of military preparation and activity in Concord in 1775. Arms and supplies were stored here, and the property searched by British soldiers.

Return to Minute Man Visitor Center to hear a Fife & Drum performance by the Middlesex County Volunteers, dressed in the uniform of the 1779 Continental Army. Lunch will be at Concord’s Colonial Inn.

The Road to Revolution: BUS TOUR (4 stops with short walks)

There will be 75 seats available for this tour.

Facing the threat of rebellion, British General Thomas Gage hoped to prevent violence by ordering the seizure of weapons and powder being stored in Concord, twenty miles northwest of Boston. Departing Boston late in the evening on April 18, 1775, the King’s troops marched into the small town of Lexington at around 5:00 AM, the next morning. Waiting to greet them was a small company of militia commanded by Captain John Parker. A shot rang out…

Start your tour at Lexington Green with Park Ranger Jim Hollister and learn what happened on that fateful day - April 19, 1775.

After the bloody encounter on Lexington Green, Captain Parker rallied his shattered company and led them to the western border of their town and back into the fight. Enjoy a tour with Project Archeologist Dr. Meg Watters of this second battle site – Parker’s Revenge – recently investigated with surprising results.

Walk across the North Bridge at Concord, where colonial militia and minutemen encountered the British and fired the “Shot Heard Round the World”.

Visit the Colonel James Barrett House and Farm, the epicenter of military preparation and activity in Concord in 1775. Arms and supplies were stored here, and the property searched by British soldiers.

Return to Minute Man Visitor Center to hear a Fife & Drum performance by the Middlesex County Volunteers, dressed in the uniform of the 1779 Continental Army. Lunch will be at Concord’s Colonial Inn.

Saturday Evening, October 19

There will be a reception in the Press Room at the Omni Parker House from 6:15 - 8:15 pm. During that time, we'll be offering one lecture and several tours that will stagger in time and last 35 -45 minutes. You may select one tour for the evening.

A Slice of Boston History: Curious Tales from the Annals of the Omni Parker

There will be 35 seats available for this lecture.

Presentation by Susan Wilson from her new book, Heaven, By Hotel Standards: The History of the Omni Parker House (2019).  7:15 - 7:45 pm.

What do Harvey Parker, Mark Twain, Eleanor Roosevelt, Charles Dickens, Boston Cream Pie, French opera, Nathaniel Hawthorne, John F. Kennedy, John Wilkes Booth, Ho Chi Minh, Willa Cather, Parker House Rolls, and Kevin Bacon all have in common? The iconic and historic Omni Parker House — the subject of House Historian Susan Wilson’s fascinating presentation.

Ghosts and Gravestones: Boston's 17th Century Burying Grounds

Choose from two different time slots for this tour - 6:45 - 7:30 pm; and 7:30 - 8:15 pm. There will be 46 spots available for each time slot.

Explore one of Boston's oldest burying grounds with an early Colonist. Visit the grave sites of John Hancock, Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and Crispus Attucks to hear their stories about life and death in revolutionary Boston.

Lantern Tour of King's Chapel Sanctuary and Crypt 

Choose from four different time slots for this tour - 6:45 - 7:20 pm; 7:05 - 7:45 pm; 7:25 - 8:05 pm; and 7:45 - 8:25 pm. There will be 10-12 spots available for each time slot. 

Discover 330+ years of history at King’s Chapel, New England’s first Anglican Church founded in 1686. King’s Chapel invites guests to experience its rich history as one of the only predominantly loyalist sites in Boston. Explore the sanctuary and learn how King’s Chapel weathered the split of Patriot and Loyalist church members and contributed to the Revolution. Then visit its 18th century crypt, focusing on historic burial practices and notable occupants of the church’s tombs.

 

Sunday, October 20

The John and Abigail Adams Home: Peacefield

There will be 75 seats available for for this.

Description: Join us for a tour of the Old House at Peace field, twenty-one rooms of history, recollecting two centuries worth of travels and politics. Did you know that four generations of the Adams family lived in the Old House at Peace field? This includes two first ladies, three ambassadors to Great Britain, and a Pulitzer Prize winning author. The beautiful garden has rose bushes Abigail Adams brought from England and planted herself.

USS Constitution Ship and Museum 

Please note: No walkers, canes, motorized wheelchairs/scooters allowed on the USS Constitution. The ship steps are narrow and can be difficult to navigate. In addition, please bring either your license or passport to board the USS Constitution. There will be 75 spots available for this tour.

Description

Join us in Charlestown Navy Yard on Boston’s Harbor for a tour of the USS Constitution, one of the first ships commissioned by the US Navy. Never defeated in battle, USS Constitution remains a symbol of the honor, courage, and commitment of America’s sailors.

Then, go deeper into the Ship’s history at the USS Constitution Museum with a vast collection of artifacts from the history of “Old Ironsides”.

Visiting USS Constitution: USS Constitution (the Ship) is operated by the United States Navy. Please be aware visitors to the Ship must pass through a security inspection and show federal or state photo identification, such as a driver’s license or passport.

Heart of Boston Walking Tour

This tour will include 1.5 mile of walking on mostly level ground. There will be 75 spots available for this tour.

Description: Massachusetts Spy? How did the British response to the Boston Tea Party help spread the revolutionary fervor throughout the colonies? This tour will include historical landmarks such as the Old State House, site of the Boston Massacre, Old South Meeting House, and Paul Revere house.

Heart of Boston Trolley Tour

This tour will be navigated from the comfort of a trolley. There will be 30 seats available for this tour. Please note: the Trolley will not accommodate a mototized wheelchair or be able to store a scooter.

Description:  

This tour begins with the city’s establishment in 1630. From the protests of Samuel Adams and James Otis to the Boston Massacre and Boston Tea Party, to the liberation of Boston in 1776 by General George Washington and his army, the Heart of Boston tour will take you to the sites that tell the stories that led to American independence.