Forty-Two Hours in Boston
Post by Steven Ricard
YP.com Tucker, GA
I recently took a quick 42-hour trip to Boston. Many of my heroes have a connection to the area, so I wanted to see and experience some of the things that impacted their lives and, indirectly, my own. Here’s a quick tour of a few of the places I visited.
Aimless wandering started the trip and took us to The First Church of Christ, Scientist, which is the Mother Church and headquarters of the Christian Science denomination. Originally built in 1894, the 14-acre campus has expanded to include seven structures, as well as a reflecting pool and fountain. The library on the site contains the historic Mapparium, a three-story stained glass, inverted globe depicting the world as it was in 1935.
After a brief stop at the hotel and the highly recommended My Thai Vegan Café, we headed to Fenway Park, one of the oldest and most unique sports venues in the country. Thunderstorms delayed the game, but provided the time to walk around and see all that the stadium has to offer.
The next morning, we took an Uber ride out to Concord to visit the legendary Walden Pond. I have long admired the Transcendentalists and, most especially, Henry David Thoreau. As a teenager, my bedroom walls were plastered with quotes from Walden, among other cherished books and photos. Of all that Boston has to offer, visiting this place was the most important to me.
The former site of Thoreau’s cabin at Walden is equally enchanting. The space where the cabin once stood is smaller than your average studio apartment. Beside the cabin site are piles of rocks. After Thoreau’s death in 1862, the Alcott family brought rocks from their garden to this location to mark the impact he made on their lives. Visitors continue the tradition today.
Two miles from Walden Pond is Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Just steps from each other are the final resting places of Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, and poet William Ellery Channing.
Back in Beantown, we stopped by the central branch of the Boston Public Library, the second largest public library in the U.S., home to over 8.9 million books.
Across the street from the library is Trinity Church, a Richardsonian Romanesque style church completed in 1877.
On our final night, we visited the Parker House hotel. The Parker House was once home to the Saturday Club, a social collective whose member list included Emerson, Charles Dickens, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Another hero, Malcolm X, once worked at the hotel. The Parker House is also the birthplace of the Boston cream pie, which we happily devoured during our trip.
Forty-two hours are by no means enough time to really experience Boston or its rich history, but it was certainly time well spent.