Boston Common ? Walk through history

June 6, 2010

The City of Boston has been publicized by the many achievements the city has accomplished in areas such as its culture, first rate educational facilities, successful sports industry and also its place in the beginning of the history of United States.  Tourism in Boston blooms, with over 12 million visitors per year who comes to enjoy the many attractions the city has to offer.

One of the attractions that fall into the categories of history as well as beauty and grandeur is the Boston Common.  It is an affix for the Emerald Necklace which is an arrangement of linked parks that twists through parts of Boston.

Boston Common has a history that dates back to 1634, where it served as an ordinary field serving as a place for public hangings along with being used for military purposes.  In 1817, the scaffolds were removed and cattle browsed the fields until it was outlawed in 1830. The park was also used by personalities such as Martin Luther King Jr., Pope John Paul II and Gloria Steinman to give speeches to the public. Presently it is a public park used leisurely by the community.

There are a few historical monuments to be viewed at the park that are located throughout.  George F Parkman who contributed five million dollars for the preservation of the park has a monument build in remembrance in 1912 called the Parkman Bandstand. The Soldiers and Sailors Monument at Flagstaff Hill serves as an honouring monument for Civil War troops.

Garden Brewer donated the Brewer Fountain in 1868, which shows the mythical figures of Neptune, Galatea, Amphitrite and Acis in bronze. It is a precise copy of the fountain designed for the World Exposition by the French artist Liénard in 1855.  The Central Burying Ground is one of the oldest graveyards in Boston and many graves of British and American causalities from the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775, can be found here.  The Frog Pond is available for children’s enjoyment in the summer, and during winter times it is used for skating.

The main highlight of the Boston Common is the Freedom Trail, which is a four kilometre long route that goes through downtown Boston, passing 16 historical landmarks of the city. It is the best attraction for the tourists as it takes you through some of the most valued museums, churches, meeting houses, burying grounds, parks, a ship and other markers that contribute to giving you a truly American experience.

It is a city that is never dull. If you are staying at a Boston hotel, you will yearn a luxury hotel Boston, to rest after an adventurer’s day. In the heart of it all, the Taj Boston is situated with easy access to the Boston Common as well as other attractions such as the Theatre District, The Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of Science, The Children’s Museum, and the Fenway Park.