Boston - March 3, 2013
Boston is the kind of town that has historical landmarks lurking around every corner. With its wealth of commemorative statues and colonial-style buildings, Beantown’s history clearly plays an integral role in the events that shaped the United States as we know it. During our walk around Boston before Sunday’s game against the Bruins, we immediately noticed a slew of men dressed up as if they had just stepped out of the 1700s. Some explained the historical significance of buildings on the Freedom Trail, others handed out flyers and shouted, “Hear ye! Hear ye!” and others still stood alone doing no work and offering no information whatsoever – apparently just fans of wearing pantaloons and tri-corner hats.
As far as historic attractions to visit in Boston go, you can’t do much better than the landmark Faneuil Hall, located in Beantown’s Faneuil Marketplace. Built way back in 1742, the building was originally used as a meeting hall and market, and was the site of more than a few speeches delivered by Samuel Adams back when he was better known for his politics than his brew. In addition to becoming a huge tourist destination over the years, the Hall has also acted as headquarters of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts since 1746, as well as the home of the Boston Classical Orchestra.
…And if things ever really go awry, it can also apparently serve as a nuclear fallout shelter should the situation call for it. Unfortunately for most, this sign also indicated that the shelter has a maximum capacity of 100 people, and with all militia members and orchestral musicians already inside, if you’re planning on riding out a nuclear holocaust in Faneuil Hall, we suggest you arrive early.