2010 New England and Atlantic Canada travel blog

Boston, MA - Hanscom AFB FamCamp - Site 54

Minute Man NHP 1 - The plaque erected at the spot Paul...

Minute Man NHP 2 - the Redcoats are here

Minute Man NHP 3 - one of the rooms at the Hartwell...

Minute Man NHP 4 - a spinning wheel at the tavern

Minute Man NHP 5 - the kitchen in the tavern

Minute Man NHP 6 - the tavern bar

Minute Man NHP 7 - the chimney is all that's left of...

Minute Man NHP 8 - the Captain William Smith house

Minute Man NHP 9 - the flowers are just starting to bloom...


We had a very quick drive up I-495/I-95 to Hanscom AFB Friday. It was only 86 miles so so it didn't take long. The roads were pretty good except around towns. They can't seem to keep up with all the traffic. I have found that driving a big rig in a a big city is not what I prefer doing! We arrived here about 12:30 pm and had everything set up in short order. We have 50amp, sewer, water, good Verizon coverage and we are in the open so the satellite was easy to find.

Hanscom AFB is North of Boston near the I-95 loop. We will be riding the commuter trains into Boston. The closest station is only about 10 minutes from camp and then there is a 25 minute train ride into the center of Boston. Just messing with the traffic on I-95 told me I wanted nothing to do with driving into Boston.

Saturday, after a late breakfast, we went to Minute Man National Historic Park. They had a great movie about Paul Revere's ride, the events on the evening of April 18, 1775 and all day April 19, 1775. These events were the result of the British contingent in Boston marching to Concord to confiscate the arms and munitions the colonial militia had stored there. Those events were also the first actual battle between the British and Colonials and considered the start of the American Revolution.

After the movie, we went down the Battle Trail (called the Bay Road in the old days) to see the Hartwell tavern and walk a trail that went behind it, the Samuel Hartwell home and Captain William Smith's home. The weather was great, temps in the upper 60s and low humidity, and we had a nice hike in the woods between the homes. We were able to find hiking badges at the visitor center so Doris got to earn her badge. :)

Sunday, we haven't done much but read the paper, do crafts, plan our visit to Boston and research where to access and how to use the "T", the Boston subway. We plan on going into Boston the next couple of days but I am going to go ahead and post our stay to date. I will add another entry in three or four days.

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