Boston: Birthplace of American Liberty
Explore Boston, a city of great social and cultural heritage, as you visit its landmarks and learn about revolutionary events alongside scholarly experts and friendly locals.
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Program No. 5717RJ
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Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Charlestown, MA
The Constitution Inn

Activity note: Hotel check in 3:00 p.m. If you arrive early, you may leave your luggage at the front desk.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table on the 3rd Floor to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: On the 3rd Floor in the hotel, the Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule and any changes, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures including contact numbers for key staff, and answer any questions you may have.

Dinner: Enjoy a plated welcome dinner and begin getting to know your fellow Road Scholars.

Evening: Throughout the program we will be joined by both our resident instructor and our group leader. Unless noted otherwise, we will be using the MBTA (public transportation) that includes a ferry from Charlestown to Boston and the subway. Scheduled free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Please be aware that program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know everyone, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

Roots of the Revolution, City Orientation, Freedom Trail
Charlestown, MA
The Constitution Inn

Activity note: Use of MBTA public transportation system including ferry to/from Boston and subway. Not all stations have elevators and may require walking up/down flights of stairs. Getting on/off a motor coach, walking up to 2 miles throughout the day including up/down hills and cobblestones; standing at various sites.

Breakfast: We will meet our Group Leader in the lobby at 7:00 a.m. and walk to the café next door. You may walk over on your own later if you like.

Morning: We’ll be joined at the hotel by our expert instructor for a presentation on roots of the American Revolution. We’ll then board a motorcoach for an introductory ride around the city.

Lunch: At a restaurant in downtown Boston.

Afternoon: This afternoon we’ll walk the fabled Freedom Trail. There are 16 official sites along the 2.5 miles marked with a line of red brick or red paint. We will go part way, from Boston Common to the Old Granary Burying Ground, Old South Meeting House, the Old State House Museum, and Faneuil Hall.

Dinner: At a restaurant near Faneuil Hall.

Evening: We’ll return to the Inn on the Charlestown Ferry. At the hotel, we will hear a lecture on the history of Old Ironsides - the USS Constitution.

Paul Revere House, Mariners House, Old North Church
Charlestown, MA
The Constitution Inn

Activity note: Ferry to/from Boston. Walking up to 2 miles throughout the day including up/down hills and over cobblestones; standing at various sites.

Breakfast: Café.

Morning: With our Group Leader, we’ll take the ferry from Charlestown to Long Wharf in Boston. We’ll then walk from the waterfront to North Square, where Paul Revere's house has stood since 1680. We’ll begin next door at the Mariners House where a Revere historian will give an illustrated talk, then explore the Revere House. While it appears small to us today, in its time it was considered a very fine townhouse. Paul Revere lived here with his wife, five children, and his mother! About 90 percent of what we see today is original.

Lunch: In the dining hall of the Mariners House, where men and women who work at sea can come and stay when they are anchored in Boston.

Afternoon: Next, we’ll go on a walking field trip through the North End neighborhood and have a behind-the-scenes visit to historic Old North Church — “One if by land, Two if by sea.” Back at the Mariners House, Captain Jim Sorrentino will talk to us about the history of the Mariners House and the Mariners Association.

Dinner: At a local Boston restaurant.

Evening: We’ll return to the Inn on the Charlestown Ferry. The remainder of the evening is at leisure. You are also welcome to remain in town and return on your own if you like.

Bunker Hill, Free Time
Charlestown, MA
The Constitution Inn

Activity note: Walking up to 2 miles including up/down hills; standing at various sites.

Breakfast: Café.

Morning: At the hotel, we’ll have a presentation on the beginning of the Revolutionary War, setting the stage for our next field trip. Led by a local expert we'll walk to Breed's Hill, site of the Battle of Bunker Hill, and visit the Bunker Hill Museum. The famous order — “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes” — may never have been uttered, at least in that form, but it lives on as a legacy of the Battle of Bunker Hill that began on the afternoon of June 17, 1775. The colonists lost the first real battle of the American Revolution, but their valiant defense inspired the patriots. The site is marked by a massive granite monument visible from many parts of the city. We’ll then return to the hotel.

Lunch: At the hotel, we’ll have box lunches.

Afternoon: Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Evening: At leisure.

Lexington & Concord Field Trips
Charlestown, MA
The Constitution Inn

Activity note: Getting on/off motor coach several times throughout the day; walking up to 2 miles.

Breakfast: Café.

Morning: Our lecture this morning focuses on the siege of Boston. We’ll then head out on our chartered bus for a full day field trip to explore two of America’s most iconic sites where some of the key events in the Revolutionary War took place. We’ll have onboard commentary as we travel out of Charlestown through Somerville and Cambridge en route to Lexington's Battle Green, where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired.

Lunch: At a restaurant in Lexington.

Afternoon: Our next stop is Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord where we’ll have a multi-media presentation. What happened at Lexington and Concord? British troops set out from Boston in the early hours of April 19, 1775, to seize revolutionary leaders as well as arms and ammunition stored in Lexington and Concord. Spies learned of the plan and spread the word. Paul Revere and others set out on horseback to rouse the countryside. When the British advance guard arrived on Lexington Green at dawn, they were met by members of local militias known as Minutemen. A shot rang out that was immortalized as “the shot heard ’round the world.” The British had more than three times the numbers of the colonials, shot seven of them, and marched on to Concord. But there they met more militiamen at the Old North Bridge and were repulsed, retreating back to Boston with numerous casualties along the way. The British general Percy wrote to London of the rebels, “Whoever looks upon them as an irregular mob will be much mistaken.” Driving on through the Concord countryside, we’ll pass the houses of Hawthorne, Emerson, and the Alcotts, ending at the North Bridge. At the conclusion of our field trip, we’ll return to the Inn.

Dinner: Farewell dinner with the group.

Evening: We’ll gather at the Inn to “meet” Deborah Sampson, a colonial soldier portrayed by a re-enactor. Then prepare for departure after our closing activity in the morning.

Old Ironsides, Neighborhood Walk, Program Concludes
Charlestown, MA

Activity note: Hotel check-out is by 11:00 a.m. Walking up to 2 miles, standing up to an hour.

Breakfast: Café.

Morning: This morning we'll learn about the USS Constitution — Old Ironsides — and walk around the Charlestown neighborhood with our resident instructor. This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

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