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Surprises:
-Gettysburg is so small and peaceful.

-Gettysburg became the home for President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower after his term as President.

-Of the over 51,000 casualties in the three day Battle of Gettysburg, only one civilian in the town of Gettysburg was killed - 20 year old Jenny Wade.



Surprises:
-Finding out that there over sixty colleges including Harvard University that call Boston home.

-The tea that was thrown over by the mob at the Boston tea party, could have made over 24 million cups of tea and was worth $1 million in today's standards.

-In the Boston Massacre, 5 Bostonians were killed by British soldiers.
Touring Boston's Freedom Trail.  This 2.5 mile trail from Beacon Hill to Bunker Hill is a red painted or red brick line that takes a person through Boston and along its very historic sites.  The Old North Church, Paul Revere's House, The USS Constitution, and the site of the Boston Massacre are favorites.
Walking upstairs in Faneuil Hall - "America's Cradle of Liberty" - and imagining the speeches of Samuel Adams and the Sons of Liberty.
Seeing the Old North Church and hearing the story of Paul Revere.
Boston, Massachusetts
Almost all American Christian Tours Education Program trip extensions to Boston will include:






Longer extensions to Boston, time permitting, may also include:


Tour of Freedom Trail including a picture stop of Paul Revere's house, The Old North Church, and the USS Constitution.
Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall
Other select stops along the Freedom Trail
Top of the Prudential Building
Tour at Harvard University
Lexington Green and Concord - The Old North Bridge, Orchard House, and Walden Pond.
A visit to Plimoth Plantation and the Mayflower II in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
 
Education Programs
Boston / Lexington and Concord
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Eat:
Boston has wonderful seafood - try some clam chowder.  Or if seafood is not your thing, try the Yankee Pot Roast.

Drink:
Water and, of course, Tea!

In A Word:
Freedom!

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Be Prepared:
Watch:
Johnny Tremain, 1957, Walt Disney (VHS released 2003)

Read:
The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1860 - a classic American poem.

Listen:
While in Boston, try to listen for the Boston accent.  Here are a few things to be listening for:

Dropping  "R"s after "A"s, like the infamous "Pawhk the Cawh." (park the car)

The "R"s also can get lost after other vowels as well, especially "ee" sounds, as in "He stee-id the cawh into the ditch." (he steered the car into the ditch)

These missing "R"s do get used eventually, usually by adding them to places like onto the end of "uh" sounds. A good example of this would be, "I was driving in my cawh when I got a wicked idea-r.

Also, one-syllable words with long "I" sounds, such as "fine," often turn into two-syllable words like, "I feel f-eye-in today so I think I'll go to the pawhk!"
A "City on a Hill," actually three hills, was one of Boston's early names - taken from the Bible and applied by the early Puritans.  The early city of Boston looked almost more like an island.  Now much of Boston's Back Bay and South End are built on reclaimed land.  Two and a half of Boston's three original hills were used as a source of material for the landfill. Only Beacon Hill, the smallest of the three original hills, remains partially intact.

The Charles River separates Boston from Cambridge and Charlestown. To the east lies Boston Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean.

Essentials:
Climate
The weather in Boston, like much of New England, changes rapidly. It is not uncommon for the city to experience temperature swings of 30F or more over the course of several days. The summers are usually warm and humid, while the winters are cold and windy. It has been known to snow in October and get quite warm in February. The hottest month is August, with an average high of 80F and the coldest month is January with an average high of 35. The city averages 42 inches of rain and also 42 inches of snow a year.
Geography