A Stroll in the Back Bay

We interrupt this blog’s planned programming on World War I Era research for some current photos of Boston.  Staying in the Back Bay last weekend prompted a walk in the area, and I couldn’t pass up sharing it with you.

Our good fortune was that the hotel was near so many historic pieces of architecture.  I hadn’t realized that, in addition to the Old North Church from which Paul Revere saw the light, there is an Old South Church.  Begun in 1669 when Massachusetts was still the Bay Colony,  it was this body, though at an earlier location on Milk Street, where Benjamin Franklin was baptized, the Sons of Liberty planned their tea party, and notable members (including poet Phillis Wheatley and the judge who presided over the Salem Witch Trials) attended.

Berkely, Clarendon, Dartmouth, Exeter, Fairfield…parallel streets are flagged by Yankee names in alphabetical order, close to famous Commonwealth Avenue.

This photo and next by Amy Griffin

Townhouses with charming gardens in front are separated by grass,  flowers, and benches in the median of the street.

This statue in the Boston Public Gardens is something which visitors, joggers, and neighbors walking their dogs enjoy on a Sunday afternoon (it was only three months ago that the last snow from the city melted).  There is a special section here in memory of September 11 victims.

Fall flowers drape a church entry; a few blocks away the Boston Public Library is undergoing an expansion.  You will see some special exhibits we found waiting for us inside that beautiful building, next time, right here.


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