In front of the Old State House is the site of the Boston Massacre. Hopefully this new smart phone app will not direct tourists straight to it. It is located in the middle of a busy, oddly shaped and notoriously Massachusettsesque intersection. Those using the app should certainly look up before reaching the site. It is a short walk from there to Faneuil Hall and the Quincy Market. The app might contain some information about where to rest and eat there. If not, just go inside Faneuil Hall. There are several places to rest and eat inside.
The app should then take you down a street that leads to Paul Revere’s House. There are admissions for tours, but it is clearly visible against the street. Next is the Old North Church where Paul Revere received his warning that the “British were coming.” The next leg of the journey is down a steep hill. If you look to the left, you will see the “Skinny House.” The app is not likely to tell you about it. In fact, it is a little known secret. To the right is Copp’s Hill Burying Ground. Keep going over the bridge and the last leg is the U.S.S. Constitution — a relic of the War of 1812 — and the Bunker Hill Monument, which is actually on Breed’s Hill.
The new Smartphone app for the Freedom Trail sounds like a good replacement for those often-annoying tour guides that traipse around Boston in their colonial garb, loud voices and groups that hover around the best sites, blocking them from serious photo ops. According to Boston.com, it will have some details about each site. However, it probably will not dish out the miniscule details that history buffs so love, so be sure to check back on Examiner often for all your American Revolution Boston information.