Fun Findings on the Footpath of Freedom


While walking The Freedom Trail, see if you can find the following pieces of the past.


The Sacred Cod – Why is the cod sacred? Because the cod is one of the state’s staple economies, this symbol was
erected as a constant reminder of the importance of cod in Massachusetts. Can you find it?


The Grave of Mother Goose – William H. Whitmore wrote in “Genesis of a Boston Myth” that the name Mother Goose
did not actually originate in Boston. Bostonians as well as non-local historians still think it did. While you can find her
grave, the mystery still remains: Who was Mother Goose?


The Grasshopper – The grasshopper has been an important part of Boston’s history. The grasshopper, with its glass
doorknobs for eyes, was well known by everyone in Boston. During the War of 1812, suspected spies were asked if they
knew about the grasshopper in Boston. If they could identify it, they had proven themselves patriots; if they couldn’t,
they were deemed spies and faced dire repercussions.


The Green Dragon – This famous tavern was called the Headquarters of the Revolution because of the secret meetings
of Revolutionaries that took place in the back room. The tavern you will find is not actually the original, but built at a later date.


The Grave of William Dawes – See if you can find the grave of the man who rode with Paul Revere, but received little credit.


The Lion and the Unicorn – The originals of these two symbols of the British monarchy were burned in 1776, after the
Declaration of Independence was first read in Boston. The present ones are replicas installed in 1882, when the building
they adorn was restored.


Bust of George Washington – This bust was the first public memorial erected to George Washington anywhere in America.