While walking The Freedom Trail, see if you can find the following pieces of the past. Answers are in red.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
George Washington – This bust was the first
public memorial erected to George Washington anywhere in America.
Old North Church