Join us October 5th and 6th, 2016 as we travel the Freedom Trail in Boston, MA during HOME's Annual New England Heritage Days!
Wednesday, October 5
* 3 Hour Walking Tour of the Freedom Trail
This tour will provide a Christian emphasis, and be led by Richard Holland of CTB Tours.
* Lunch at Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Bring a backpack lunch, or choose one of the many dining options at Quincy Market Colonnade, the largest food hall in New England.
* Afternoon Educational Programs
Old South Meeting House - The Revolution Starts Here! Short Stop on the Freedom Trail
Our group will visit the Old South Meeting House, where the Boston Tea Party began! After a brief, 15-minute introduction to the dramatic history of this 1729 landmark, including its beginnings as a Puritan meeting house, the meetings that led to the Boston Tea Party, and its last-minute rescue from demolition, we'll explore the museum at our own pace. Our visit will include a scavenger hunt to guide us through the exhibit "Voices of Protest.”
Old State House - Witness to a Massacre
This program introduces students to the events of March 5, 1770, through primary documents. Students will examine a newspaper article, witness accounts, and images of the Boston Massacre. A museum educator will lead students in a visual presentation and discussion about the advantages and challenges of using primary documents to study historical events. As they overlook the site of the Boston Massacre, students will try to determine what actually happened that fateful night. Old State House Museum entrance is included. (Grades 3 and up. Children need to be reading and writing for this program.)
Optional for Younger Children: Old State House Self-Guided Visit and Scavenger Hunt
Visit the building at the center of Revolutionary Boston! After an introduction from a museum educator, we'll explore the Old State House at our own pace, in a self-guided tour. We'll enjoy Revolutionary Era artifacts, the historic chambers of the oldest public building in Boston, the Hands-on History galleries, and view the Boston Massacre multi-media show.
Thursday, October 6
* Fort Independence Guided Tour
Castle Island at the entrance to Boston's inner harbor is the oldest continuously fortified site in British North America having had a military presence from 1634 through World War II.
The current Fort Independence, the eighth fortification to occupy the site was commissioned to active duty in 1851. Castle Island, once a half mile offshore is now connected to the mainland and may be accessed by foot or by car.
Fort Independence appreciates donations for its ongoing preservation work and service to the public. Please be prepared to give!
* Tea Party Ships & Museum
Join us at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum for an experience you will never forget! Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty will lead us in a reenactment of the historic town meeting held just hours before the Boston Tea Party. We'll storm down to Griffin’s Wharf and destroy the Crown’s tea aboard an authentic, eighteenth century replica vessel. As we escape from the wharf, we'll discover one of only two surviving tea crates from the Boston Tea Party. Finally, we'll learn how the Boston Tea Party sparked the American Revolution while surrounded by the action and sounds of an award-winning, multisensory film, Let It Begin Here. Discover the role that you will play in the single most important event leading up to the American Revolution!
Cost for Wednesday, October 5
Cost for Thursday, October 6
Children under 4: FREE
Pre-registration is required. Please use the pre-registration form at the bottom of the page. Deadline to preregister is September 19th.
Schedule: Events and activities will run from approximately 9:00am - 4:00pm on each day. Once you have registered, though, specifics and more detailed information will be provided to you regarding times, meeting locations, and other important considerations.
Wednesday Parking *
Thursday Parking *
Fort Independence (Free parking)
Tea Party Ship & Museum (Discounted Parking)
* Be sure to allow plenty of extra time for traveling into Boston as morning traffic is quite heavy. Plan about $25 - $30 for daily parking fees in Boston.
There are many reasonably priced hotels in Kittery, ME or Portsmouth, NH with a 1 to 1 and 1/2 hour commute to Boston parking garages. Or commute to the closest MTBA Station, park and take the T into Boston.
Hotels off I95 outside of Boston:
* Extended Stay America Boston, Danvers, MA
* Comfort Inn North Shore, Danvers MA
* Hampton Inn, Peobody, MA
* Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, Boston-Peobody, MA