Three Lies and then Some
|The view of Charles River and over to Cambridge from where we have breakfast at our hotel in Boston (Back Bay)|
- There is no existing image of John Harvard so the statue was modelled on some random person. Well, not completely random, someone distinguished who later became a member of Congress.
- John Harvard did not actually found the university but was the first major benefactor to the university through a donation that included 400 books.
- The university was founded two years earlier, in 1636 as New College, receiving the name Harvard University in 1639.
|George Washington's house when he attended Harvard Univeristy|
after scorning the four bedroom house he was originally allocated
|Bunker Hill Monument (on Breed's Hill)|
We also visited Paul Revere’s house. Paul Revere is well known for riding north in April 1775 to warn of a plan of British troops to head that way, and that local revolutionaries, Samuel Adams and John Hancock, were to be arrested. The latter part wasn’t true and Revere wasn’t the only rider who raised the alarm but he was later celebrated in a poem that became famous and thus he for his heroic feat. Paul Revere later became wealthy due to his skill as a silversmith, and from what I saw today, it was indeed beautiful. What held my attention though was that he had 16 children, half with one wife and half with another. Some of the children died young but I couldn’t imagine even half of them living in the house we saw today. Although Paul Revere’s house was originally two storeys and about the size of the house viewed today, in the time Revere lived there, it had a third storey. When the house was obtained for preservation purposes in the early 1900s, the expert architect declared the third storey wasn’t there in Revere’s time so had it removed. Since then, the timber has been dated properly and declared that it would have been. Oops!
|Just because we could.|
Well, John anyway.
The rest of us stayed in the car.