Yo! I'm headed to Boston next month to see many of you at NECRWA and TalkBooks! It's going to be epic. And in case you're not a native of the Boston area, I just wanted to tell you about two of my favorite tourist destinations there. If you want to see a little of historic Boston in a short amount of time, I recommend these two stops, which are absolutely within a short walking distance of one another.
Paul Revere lived here. And the place still stands. As you enter through the low door and admire his fireplace, a guide will explain the house's layout and provenance. Standing there, you'll know you're in a place of living history, and you'll FEEL ALL THE HISTORICAL FEELS! :)
Our country, unlike, say, Rome, is not strewn with antiquities. Americans have to look a little harder to find their roots. So step inside Paul Revere's house and breathe in the history. Skip the duck boats and just come here.
A few blocks away, this white, wooden church is as pretty as it is famous. As the website remembers: The enduring fame of the Old North began on the evening of April 18, 1775, when the church sexton, Robert Newman, and Vestryman Capt. John Pulling, Jr. climbed the steeple and held high two lanterns as a signal from Paul Revere that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea across the Charles River and not by land. This fateful event ignited the American Revolution...
That's right! It's that church! "One if by land, two if by sea" happened here. The place still stands, and it's still an active church, in fact, my good friend Jess Lahey was married here. She tells me that lots of tourists watch her emerge from the ceremony in her wedding dress.
That's my quick tour! Go forth and be historical. I'll see you at the signing!