Yet again Brian and I found our selves enjoying the National Park Services excellent example of doing much with very little funding.
We spent a few days in Concord (Concud) Mass. the seat of our nations birth, where young farmers chased the British regulars 11 miles back to Boston Harbor.
We were fortunate enough to be in Concord on the one weekend this year that all the historic homes along Battle Road were open to the public. We watched the Minute Men muster in front of Capt. William Smiths house, he was Abigail Adam's brother. We listened to a lecture regarding the function of the Minute Men and learned how to load and shoot a flint lock musket. Did you know that's where the phrase "locked stocked and fully loaded" comes from. Also a "flash in the pan" which actually means the rifle sparked but the powder failed to ignite.
We had the chance to visit Orchard House, once home to Louisa May Alcott author of "Little Women" and see the actual room in which this wonderful tale took shape.
|The Old North Bridge|
Well the trip was nearly over when we realized that not far from where we were stood was the home of our second president. The trip from Concord to Quincy was much easier than it would have been for John Adams even as a young man, we were there in no time at all thanks to the interstate highways. Yet again the National Park Service out did themselves in showmanship and courtesy.
We toured the old homestead where Adams and his new bride Abigail began there lives together, and then took a short trolley ride to Peacefield.
This is the home that Adams spent his golden years in, where he first learned that his son would become the president of the United States, where he held his wife's hand when she passed, and where he himself succumbed to a stroke 50 years to the day of our July 4th Independence.