Fun Findings on the Footpath of Freedom


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


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?
New State House on Beacon Street


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?
Granary Burying Ground


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.
Faneuil Hall


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.
11 Marshall Street


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


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.
Old State House


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