|the lower level crypt at the First Unitarian Church in Quincy, Massachusetts|
where the tombs of John Adams and John Quincy Adams are together with their wives
|Doug and Audrey treating us out to dinner |
at historic Colonial Inn in Concord, Massachusetts
|Doug and Bill at the Lexington marker|
The Political Revolution
The Minutemen National Historical Park links the cities of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts on a trail of significant events surrounding the start of the American Revolution. From our walk on the Boston Freedom Trail (please see last post) I learned that Paul Revere took a ride on the midnight of April 18, 1775 to warn the Concord militia of the impending arrival of British troops. The signal lantern from the Old North Church would tell what route the British troops will take: ‘one if by land, two if by sea’.
|at the North bridge, where the 'shot heard round the world' |
was fired on April 19, 1775
The British troops, numbering 700, proceeded to Lexington from Boston. Their mission was to retrieve the cannons purportedly being held in Concord. At Lexington they quickly scuttled the rag-tag militia of the colonists. But around 400 minutemen (in a minute they can be ready for battle) were ready in Concord, having been warned by Paul Revere. At the North Bridge between the two cities, the ‘shot heard round the world’ was fired on April 19. 1775. The American Revolution had begun.
|in honor of the minutemen at the North Bridge|
|First Unitarian Church in Quincy, Massachusetts|
|at Author's Ridge, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery|
where Emerson, Thoreau, Alcott, and Hawthorne lie together
The Literary Revolution
The political revolution was significant enough but after the victory, the newly independent Americans went through a renaissance. Concord, with Cambridge, to the southeast, and Salem, to the east, became the seat of excellence in education and literary works in the mid-1800s. The Author’s Ridge at Concord’s Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is where five great American writers lie together in eternal peace, next to each other. Visiting their homes also evoked wondrous feelings in the fledgling author that is me.
|Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts|
where Thoreau spent 2 years living in utmost simplicity and about which he wrote his classic Walden
|house of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow|
also Washington's Headquarters during the American Revolution
The house is right beside the campus of Radcliffe, formerly a renowned university for women and now part of Harvard. I wanted to see the campus, just like Bill wanting to see Yale, because I had an undergraduate scholarship there, after completing, with honors, my HS scholarship from American School in the Philippines. However, my mother could not raise enough funds for living expenses and felt it was just too far away. I went on to a scholarship in the University of the Philippines instead.
|House of Seven Gables in Salem, Massachusetts,|
Hawthorne's inspiration for his classic of the same title
|birthplace of Hawthorne in Salem, Massachusetts|
|Doug, Audrey, and Mika with Bill and me at their Concord home|
Our visit with the Millers turned out to be much more than a visit to an old friend. Doug drove us around, showing us how the city was really the center of the two revolutions, the political and the literary. Meanwhile Audrey kept us fully satisfied with the delicious Asian dishes she prepared from her lovely kitchen, showing me some great cooking tips. We also had the opportunity to meet their lovely daughter, Mika who will give them their first grandson in a few weeks. Thank you, Doug and Audrey.