But, hey, it’s 2.5 miles long, with 16 official historic sites (some a bit off-topic in terms of the Revolution itself). Which makes it all the more appealing to take some “liberties” of your own while on the trail — namely, by replacing some landmarks with the many taverns, pubs, and restaurants along the way.
Many of these establishments have compelling histories of their own, which makes sense, considering those very Sons of Liberty that the Trail celebrates were known to enjoy “adult beverages” as much as (or more than) we do. Sam Adams was a malster by trade for a time. Benjamin Franklin once said, “God made beer because he loves us and wants us to be happy” — or something very close to that. Paul Revere, who lived for 43 years after his famous ride, became a factory owner who displayed advanced views of labor relations, including, as one account tells us, allowing “liquor on the job.”
So, we’re not committing outright rebellion in customizing the tour — just mixing and matching to offer you a taste of Boston’s most compelling history and some historically inspired libations.
The first three stops are Boston Common, the first public park in America; the Massachusetts State House, built 20 years after the Revolution broke out; and the Park Street Church, built another 10 years after that.