Places to Visit

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Massachusetts
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Dorchester Heights National Historic Site Boston The monument that stands in Dorchester Heights is dedicated to the victory of the Continental Army over the British Regulars in 1776.
Freedom Trail™ Boston A walking tour of 16 sites in central Boston , with a couple in Charlestown, almost all related to the Revolution, that can be completed in a day, or enjoyed more fully, in two to three days.
Cambridge Common Cambridge The 16-acre Common is about a quarter of the original size; it was the main camp and training ground for the Continental Army and the location where Washington assumed command in 1775.
Longfellow National Historic Site Cambridge Built in 1759 by British Major John Vassal, the house on the grounds is formally called the Vassal-Craigie-Longfellow House. It served as the headquarters for Washington for nine months during the 1775-76 siege of Boston.
Concord Museum Concord The Museum displays Americana from the 17th through the 19th centuries; includes Revolutionary War powder horns, muskets, cannonballs, and fifes.
Minute Man National Historical Park Concord With over 900 acres, the Minute Man Historical Park traces the route originally taken by the British Regulars from Lexington to Concord; includes the Minute Man Visitor Center, North Bridge Visitor Center, Hartwell Tavern, and the five-mile Battle Road Trail.
Munroe Tavern Lexington Built in 1735, the tavern served as the British field hospital, and headquarters for Lord Hugh Percy, during the Battle of Lexington on 19-Apr-1775.
Buckman Tavern Lexington In the early hours before the 1775 Battle of Lexington, 80 militia men waited at Buckman Tavern for the British Regulars. Built about 1709, the tavern now funcations as an historical museum.
Lexington Battle Green Lexington Located across from the Lexington Visitors Center, it is the site of the opening shots of the Revolution; includes a monument that stands atop and honors seven of the minutemen who were killed on the Battle Green (19-Apr-1775) after the “shot heard ‘round the world.”
Hancock-Clarke House Lexington Completed in 1737 by John Hancock's grandfather, the house is now a museum. On the night of Paul Revere's April 1775 ride John Hancock and Samuel Adams were awakened there with news of the advancing British troops.
Royall House and Slave Quarters Medford Completed by Isaac Royall in 1739, the house is an expansion of an older brick house and is considered one of the finest 18th-century buildings in New England. The Slave Quarters is the only such structure in the norther U.S.
United First Parish Church Quincy The burial place of Presidents John Adams, his son, John Quincy Adams, and their wives — Abigail and Louisa Catherine.
Adams National Historical Park Quincy Commemorates the contributions of the Adams family to the new republic. Includes the birthplaces of John and John Quincy Adams as well as the family home, Peacefield.
Peabody Essex Museum Salem Contains one of the most important collections of Revolutionary War memoriabilia; includes ship models, relics, uniforms, and portraits.

Yet there is no doubt that his natural abilities were what most distinguished [John] Marshal from other lawyers and jurists. His head, said Senator Rufus King, is the best organized of anyone I have known. Marshal could grasp a subject in its whole and yet simultaneously analyze it parts and relate them to the whole. He could move progressively and efficiently from premise to conclusion in a logical and rigorous manner and extract the essence of the law from the mass of particulars. In the words of Justice Story, he had the remarkable ability to seize, as it were by intuition, the very spirit of juridical doctrines. Even Jefferson acknowledged Marshall’s talent, but he scarcely respected it. Jefferson told Story that when conversing with Marshall, I never admit anything. So sure as you admit any position to be good, no matter how remote from the conclusion he seeks to establish, you are gone. So great is his sophistry you must never give him an affirmative answer, or you will be forced to grant his conclusion. Why, if he were to ask me whether it were daylight or not, I’d reply, Sir, I don’t know, I can’t tell.

Gordon S. Wood
Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789–1815 (2009)