Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Although March 17 is synonymous with leprechauns and pots of gold, there’s a secondary celebration in the city of Boston, MA known as Evacuation Day. This day commemorates the retreat of British troops from the city in 1776 after the Siege of Boston, or the start of the Revolutionary War. So while you don your shamrocks and drink your green beer, pour one out for those who fought for our freedom to exist as our own nation.
If you’ve read this blog for a while, I think you may be able to tell that I’m a little bit of a nerd. And I’m proud of it, I like reading, learning things and knowing about history. And so, traveling around this vast country, I am fascinated by the communities that played vital roles in fabric of American creation and evolution. We’re not an old country comparatively, but we’re rife with important figures and events. We have a lot of museums and monuments to preserve this culture (some of it not great but it’s probably important to be familiar with that, too), and these are tools to promote lifelong learning.
Boston is chock full of Revolutionary War history, as the seat of some of the most famous protests and uprisings like Boston Tea Party, Boston Massacre, Paul Revere’s house, and the aforementioned Siege of Boston. I’ve been through all these sites in the city proper, but on a road trip back into town from the Berkshires, had a chance to visit the outer lying areas where the actual sh*t happened.
Sorry for the language, but when in Boston…