Saturday, March 11, 2006

More on Boston from Kay Freilich

This past December and February, this blog featured some of fellow genealogist Kay Freilich's shared items of interest to Boston area residents and visitors. Please see the posting above this one for her list of Boston area websites.

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s home at 105 Brattle Street is a ten-minute walk from Harvard Square. The recently renovated 1757 mansion served as George Washington’s headquarters during the siege of Boston in 1775. If you’d rather see more of Cambridge, consider a tour on the double-decker busses that depart from Harvard Square.

Visit Adams National Historical Park in Quincy. The multi-building park includes the 1735 birthplace and boyhood home of the second president, the 1767 birthplace and boyhood home of the sixth president, and the home of four generations of the family.

Spend some time along the Boston Harbor and view the history of John F. Kennedy’s Camelot at the same time. The Kennedy Library includes a replica of the Oval Office and displays that chronicle his life and that of several family members. Even though the library is located south of downtown on the University of Massachusetts campus, reaching it via the Red Line is easy. Shuttle busses run frequently between the library and the T stop. For more about Kennedy, visit his birthplace and boyhood home in Brookline. The president’s mother arranged the furnishings, photographs, and mementos that are on display.

For the shopper
Stroll down Newbury Street which is a very short walk away. This street is lined with designer shops and boutiques, art galleries and gift shops as well as cafes and restaurants for a relaxing drink or meal. Be sure to save some time to sample the research collections of NEHGS at 101 Newbury when you’re in the area.

Visit Copley Place and the Prudential Center where most of the nation’s retail giants are among more than 200 shops, with several restaurants as well. (You don't even need to go outside -- both are connected to the conference site. Do wear walking shoes -- this is a big and exciting complex.)

Stroll around Quincy Market for a variety of retail chains and one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants of all kinds, all in the setting of a colonial market.

For a uniquely Boston shopping experience visit the original Filene’s Basement in Downtown Crossing. Here merchandise, including designer labels, is marked down on a progressive scale the longer it is unsold.

There’s more shopping along Massachusetts Avenue (always known locally as Mass Ave), along with cafes, coffee shops, and restaurants when you need a break. Consider a visit to Herrell’s Ice Cream for a “smoosh-in.” You can select up to three items to be mixed in to your favorite ice cream flavor.

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