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Minute Man National Historic Park-MA

Minute Man National Historic Park-MA

Yesterday, Craig and I took a trip to Minute Man NHP. It was only about 45 minutes away from us. It is a great day trip from Boston if you are visiting, or stop there if you are on a road trip in the North East. It is close to the Saugus Iron Works NHS, Salem Maritime NHS, pond installation to commemorate the place where the American Revolution started. Where “the shot heard round the world” was fired. It is…

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Salem Maritime NHS

Salem Maritime NHS

The Salem Maritime NHS was the first National Historic Site in the United States (1938.) Salem is well known for the Witch Trials, but it was one of the most important seaports in American history. Salem was settled by Europeans in 1626 at the mouth of the Naumkeag river. It was the site of an ancient Native American village. By 1790, Salem had become the sixth largest city in the country, and was a world-famous seaport. There used to be…

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Saugus Iron Works NHS

Saugus Iron Works NHS

One National Historic Site near Boston is the Saugus Iron Works NHS. It is the “birthplace of the iron and steel industry in Colonial America.” It produced iron products from 1646 to approximately 1670! Craig and I went for an iron pouring demonstration. We got to carve a design in a sand block and they poured melted iron into the molds and let it cool. Then you got a unique piece of art to take home.   There was plenty…

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The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

Have you seen the great PBS show The National Parks: America’s Best Idea? It was a 6 episode series produced by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan that came out several years ago. You can rent the DVDs from your library or watch it on Netflix. Craig and I spent some time watching the episodes and it made us want to see our National Parks even more! I  especially loved the story of Margaret and Edward Gehrke from Lincoln, Nebraska. For…

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