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1. We disembark from the subway at Park Street. We will walk across the Boston Common, the oldest public park in the United States, to our first stop. As we walk, does anybody know the original purpose of the Common?
2. Follow me up the hill, everybody! We are now at the steps of the "new" State House (Bostonian for capitol building), which was built in 1798. It was designed by America's first professional architect. Does anyone know this architect's name?
3. Everyone, please now turn and look across Beacon Street. You will see a frieze commemorating the first all African American army unit--the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment. Denzel Washington fans will remember that unit as the characters in "Glory". The frieze itself was immortalized in the poem, "For the Union Dead". Do any of you know this Bay State poet's name?
4. Okay, everybody, we're walking, we're walking. Around this corner; and, we're stopping. You'll see through this fence that we are at the Granary Burying Ground. There are several famous people buried here including the purported "Mother Goose", Paul Revere and James Otis. Three of the five Massachusetts signers of the Declaration of Independence are buried here: Robert Treat Paine, Samuel Adams and - can anyone name the third?
5. Follow me, everybody, down Tremont Street. We are now at the King's Chapel. This is the site of the oldest non-Puritan congregation in Boston. The bell was originally cast in the 1770s, but it cracked. It was recast in 1814 by what famous Boston metalworker?
6. Now follow me down School Street. To the left you will see Old City Hall, built during the American Civil War. It is on the site of the oldest public school in America. Without looking at the plaque on the sidewalk, can anyone tell me the name of the oldest public school in America?
7. Gather 'round everybody. Here at School and Washington is the Old South Meeting House. It was here in 1773 that colonists met to plan the Boston Tea Party. When one unnamed colonist let out an Iroquois war call, the Sons of Liberty set off from here and stormed three ships, destroying their cargo of tea. What were the names of the three ships?
8. Everyone follow me down Washington Street, please. Here we are at the Old State House. Looking over here at the East facade on State Street you will see the statues of two gilded animals. One is a lion, the other is a mythical creature. Can anyone name what mythical creature it is?
9. Please gather here in the median of Devonshire and State. Look down and you will see a ring of cobblestones. This is the site of the Boston Massacre. Who was the first person to die in the Boston Massacre?
10. Everyone, follow me down Congress Street. Our next stop is here at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. This Georgian style building was originally the town's main marketplace. What gilded animal is represented on the building's distinct weather vane?
11. Now please follow me through the Haymarket--the city's main vegetable and meat market--into the North End. Our first stop in this Italian-American neighborhood is 19 North Square: Paul Revere's house. This building has a distinction other than being the home of the midnight rider; can anyone tell me what it is?
12. We've been walking for a while, let's stop and get a refreshing Italian Ice before our next stop, the Old North Church. (Make mine a cherry). The steeple of the Old North Church was used to communicate information to Paul Revere before his ride. Who can tell me what was the medium for that communication?
13. Many people know the Longfellow poem "Paul Revere's Ride". However, does anyone know the collection of poems from which it came?
14. Our next stop will be across the harbor in Charlestown. Here in the old Navy Yard is the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship afloat in the world. Yet she was due to be scrapped in the mid 19th century. Whose 1830 poem "Old Ironsides" raised awareness and saved the ship?
15. Follow me, everybody, up the hill to our last stop--The Bunker Hill Monument. The obelisk, like the battle it commemorates, is not actually on Bunker Hill. Can anybody name the hill atop which it sits?
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