Visiting Bunker Hill and checking out Boston statues

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So many places in Boston reminded me of history lessons from middle school – none more than Bunker Hill. I remember spending day after day learning about the Battle of Bunker Hill. So naturally, while I was in Boston I had to visit the site.

The Battle of Bunker Hill was one of the first Revolutionary War conflicts, and a monument now stands there to commemorate the event. It’s 294 steps to the top, though on this day I didn’t bother climbing. Amazingly, construction was started way back in the 1820s and finished in the 1840s – decades before the Washington Monument.

A small (free) museum sits nearby. Some guy in costume with a musket tells the story of the battle for onlookers, who can ask questions about what happened.

bunker hill musket guy

The statue out front is impressive, particularly when viewed with the obelisk itself.

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Elsewhere in Boston, I saw lots of statues everywhere.

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And this one at Faneuil Hall of Sam Adams, who is buried at Granary Cemetery.

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But my favorite statues were the living ones – people who stand perfectly still as if they’re made of stone, only to surprise unsuspecting passersby by suddenly reaching out to them.

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

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