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Boston

History:

"Sometimes called “The Cradle of Liberty" for its role in instigating the American Revolution, Boston’s rich history had its beginnings in the 1630s when the Puritans established a settlement there. Boston was named by Massachusetts’ first deputy-governor, Thomas Dudley, whose hometown was Boston, Lincolnshire, England. Once the capital of the Massachusetts Bay Company, Boston became home to 1,000 Puritans who had fled religious and political persecution in Europe. Later its inhabitants came to be called “Bostonians.""

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Plymouth

History:

"In September 1620, during the reign of King James I, around 100 English men and women–many of them members of the English Separatist Church–set sail for the New World aboard the Mayflower, a three-masted merchant ship. The ship landed on the shores of Cape Cod, in present-day Massachusetts, two months later, and in late December anchored at Plymouth Rock, where they would form the first permanent settlement of Europeans in New England. Though more than half the original settlers died during that grueling first winter, the survivors were able to secure peace treaties with neighboring Native American tribes and build a largely self-sufficient economy within five years."

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Deerfield

History:

"Historic Deerfield Inc., founded in 1952, is an outdoor museum in Deerfield that interprets the history and culture of early New England and the Connecticut River Valley. Visitors can tour twelve carefully-preserved antique houses dating from 1730 to 1850, and explore world-class collections of regional furniture, silver, textiles, and other decorative arts on display in the authentic period houses and in the Flynt Center of Early New England Life, a state-of-the-art museum facility featuring exhibitions and a visible storage area. Our research library, the Henry N. Flynt Library, includes more than 21,000 volumes (reference works, microfilm and newspapers) on the history and material culture of the region."

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History:

"One of the original 13 colonies and one of the six New England states, Massachusetts (officially called a commonwealth) is known for being the landing place of the Mayflower and the Pilgrims. English explorer and colonist John Smith named the state for the Massachuset tribe. Boston, the state capital, was a hotbed of activity, including the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party, during the American Revolution. In addition to its revolutionary spirit, the state is known for sparking the American Industrial Revolution with the growth of textile mills in Lowell, and for its large Irish-American population."

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"Boston built the first subway system in the United States in 1897."

 

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Things to Pack:

"Plan to do a great deal of walking. Boston has a fairly reliable public transportation system, but the city is small enough that you can get around by walking, and walking is the best way to see many of the city's historical sights. You'll also need comfortable footwear to explore quaint towns or follow waterside walking paths along the ocean. Bring at least one pair of broken-in walking or running shoes, as well as a pair of shoes that match your dressy outfit. If you're visiting in warm weather, bring sandals to wear to the beach or for a light walking day."

Conway

History:

"Conway was first settled by English colonists in 1762 as the southwest portion of the Town of Deerfield. The town was eventually separated and was officially incorporated in 1767. The town was named for General Henry Seymour Conway, a leader in the British House of Commons during repeal of the Stamp Act. The town was known for its sheep farming and other agrarian pursuits in its early years, with some industry along the South River. This was washed out in a dam break in 1869."

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Shelburne Falls

History:

"The early history of Shelburne surrounds the area of Shelburne Falls, then known as Salmon Falls. The Falls were considered an important native fishing site and prior to colonial settlement was also the site of extensive colonial fishing. A 1743 statute designated twenty acres of land along the Deerfield River for use as a public fishing area, which was later sold in the 18th Century to a private landowner. The uplands of Shelburne were also utilized as pastureland by colonials prior to settlement."

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Sturbridge

History:

"Sturbridge is a town of contrasts; home to Old Sturbridge Village, the largest outdoor history museum in the Northeast where you can step back into the 1830s. Sturbridge is also the site of a growing high tech industry, serving as the home base for the some of the pioneers in the fiber optic field. Quaint country inns and B&Bs along with modern hotels, motels, and conference centers cater to visitors."

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Tea Party & Freedom Trail

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Plymouth Rock

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Historic Deerfield

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Wholey Cow Farm

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Glacial Potholes & Flower Bridge

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Old Sturbridge Village

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