As a student, I wasn’t a fan of history but love it when a place brings history to life. It’s an instant connect for me. If you’ve got history buffs in your family, or kids who like a hands on learning experience, give one of these a try when you’re in the Boston area.
The Revolutionary War
Lexington, MA – Battle of Lexington Re-enactment
The re-enactment of the Battle of Lexington begins at 5:45 AM on Patriot’s Day each Spring. That’s the same day as the Boston Marathon! Be on “The Green”, by 5 AM at the latest to get a good view! As they wait for that first rifle shot, children and adults chat with costumed soldiers about life in 1775. Played out by His Majesty’s 10th Regiment of Foot, and the Lexington Minutemen this is the perfect start to a day spent in the Lexington/Concord area, exploring history along the Battle Road.
The Industrial Age
Lowell, MA – Boott Cotton Mills
The Boott Cotton Mills museum gives a peek into the lives of the many Lowell Mill Girls who made up 75% of the textile workforce during the Industrial Revolution. In summer, don’t miss catching a concert at Boarding House Park adjacent to the museum. Lowell has gone through an amazing rebirth, and showcases it’s history and the mills while offering venues for all kinds of art and music throughout the year.
Plymouth, MA – The Mayflower II and Plymouth Rock
On the way to the Cape, don’t forget to stop for a few hours to visit the Mayflower II. Maritime artisans and Park guides will answer questions on ship building, and what life was like for the people who worked on the ships. The tour of Mayflower II gives you a small taste of the hardships faced by those original pilgrims as they traveled to the New World. I highly recommend leaving time for a seaside lunch at Wood’s Seafood following your visit.
The Witch Trials
Salem, MA – The Witch Museum
The Witch Museum and Salem carry a reputation built on the events that happened in 1692, when twenty people were put to death as a result of the witch hysteria in New England. This museum brings that chapter of history to life through stage sets, figures, special lighting and narration. For some teenagers this isn’t interactive enough. There are no costumed characters, no special effects, but an accurate reflection of a very dark time in our history. Museum guides will expand on witchcraft and witches through the years, and the culture alive in Salem today. If you’re in the Boston area for a weekend or longer, purchase a GoBoston Card (3, 5 or 7 day pass), for access to this museum and many others.
There are so many amazing places in the area that provide a fun day and a learning experience. Why not take the time to check a few out?
Lowell.com site for information on park and tours available in Lowell
Plimoth Plantation and Mayflower II site
Battle Road Website