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Through Waters Deep – Tour of Boston, Part 3

Tour of Boston 3The city of Boston is fascinating—chockfull of history and color. While best known for its key role in the American Revolution, the city also played a role in World War II, with busy shipyards and naval bases—and more! The city’s reputation for revolutionary foment seemed a great backdrop for Through Waters Deep, set in the tumult of 1941, as isolationists and interventionists argued the correct course for the nation’s future, and as rumors of sabotage and espionage ran rampant.

To enter the giveaway for Through Waters Deep, see the information at the end of the post.

I’ve been blessed to visit Boston a number of times. In July 2014, I made a research trip and took lots of pictures to help me visualize the story. We’ll follow the Freedom Trail, established in the 1950s to connect Boston’s multiple historical sites. Come along as we explore:

Boston Common and the Public Garden

Park Street Church

Charlestown and the USS Constitution

Charlestown Navy Yard

Old State House, Faneuil Hall & Quincy Market

Today we’ll visit Boston’s North End, starting at the Paul Revere House, built in 1680, the oldest structure in downtown Boston. The famous silversmith and engraver lived here from 1770-1800, and started his famous “Midnight Ride” here on April 18, 1775. The house was restored and opened as a popular tourist site in 1908.

A short walk along the Freedom Trail, and we reach the Paul Revere Mall, built in 1933. This pleasant park leads to the Old North Church. The iconic statue of Paul Revere on his famous ride was erected here in 1940.

Christ Church, commonly called Old North Church, is Boston’s oldest standing church, built in 1723. The famous steeple and bell tower were erected in 1745, making Old North Church Boston’s tallest building until 1810, when it was surpassed by Park Street Church. Late at night on April 18, 1775, the sexton hung two lanterns in the tall steeple, warning patriots across the Charles River in Charlestown that the British soldiers were coming. In his famous poem “Paul Revere’s Ride,” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow recorded the signal, “One, if by land, and two, if by sea.”

Sources:

Freedom Trail Foundation: http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/

National Historical Park, Massachusetts: http://www.nps.gov/bost/planyourvisit/index.htm

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_Trail

The Paul Revere House: https://www.paulreverehouse.org/

Old North Church: http://oldnorth.com/

Giveaway

This week I’m giving away THREE copies of Through Waters Deep! To enter, leave a comment below (US & Canada only please), on the video post, or on any of the Tour of Boston posts (Part 1, Part 2), which will show the sites featured in the novel. You can earn a maximum of four entries by leaving a comment on each of the four posts. If you can’t leave a comment, please send me an email to enter. Giveaway ends Monday, July 27, 2015 at midnight, Pacific Time. I’ll announce the winner here on Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

74 Responses to “Through Waters Deep – Tour of Boston, Part 3”

  1. Connie Brown

    I enjoy your books very much. I look forward to this one.

  2. Sue

    Thanks again for the history lesson(s). You make it so interesting…and you take excellent photos!

  3. Betti

    Thanks again for giving us yet another look at the wonderful history in Boston! I would love to win and thank you for making this contest so much fun 🙂

  4. Ellen Gray

    I really like your books and can’t wait to read this one!

  5. Emily

    These pictures are so neat! I absolutely love the church, it’s beautiful! Thank you for another chance at your giveaway and for the wonderful pictures. 🙂

  6. Jodie

    I’ve never been to Boston, thanks for the pictures and history to go with them:)

  7. Becki Molitor

    Thanks for the stroll through memory lane for me! Crossing my fingers to be one of the winners!!!!! Thanks for all the fabulous reads too! Your books are incredible!

  8. Caryl Kane

    Sarah, thank you for the virtual tour of Boston! I enjoy learning about new places.

  9. Susan

    I visited Boston 4 years ago. Lots of fun to see all the places again in your pictures!

  10. Diane Estrella

    WW2 books are so special. The attention you put to detail the time period and emotions of those people is perfection.

  11. sharon Miller

    Really like your tour of Boston! Is there a part 4? as I see the contest ends tonight. I have a collector’s ceramic church of the Old North Church. It is beautiful and now you have shown me the inside of the church, Love to win and read Through Waters Deep!

    • Sarah Sundin

      There will be two more posts (Charlestown & the USS Constitution, and Charlestown Navy Yard), but the contest ends tonight.

  12. sandra snider

    book sounds wonderful and I love to read books like that

  13. Kendra Whittle

    Boston looks like such a wonderful place to visit. It’s on my bucket list. I’d also love to run the Boston Marathon too.

    Love your books and hoping to win a copy!

  14. Carol Hungerford

    Sarah,
    I would love to read your latest book. It sounds like a great WW2 storyline.
    Thanks, Carol

    P.S. Have visiting Boston on my bucket list.

  15. Jenny Allbritain

    I always look forward to your new books!

  16. catherine

    Love your books. Can’t wait to read Through Waters Deep!

  17. Linda S

    I can’t wait to read this book! I got a post card in my mail today advertising your book! It’s such a beautiful cover!

  18. Pam K.

    I’ll probably never be able to visit Boston so it’s sure nice of you to give us this tour this week. I’m looking forward to reading Through Waters Deep. It’s always kind of exciting to begin a new series!

  19. Diane French

    My husband was born in Boston, someday we will get there! Thanks for the links to the various landmarks! Can’t wait to read the book!

  20. Samantha T

    Love the Paul Revere history/pictures! What a fun tour of Boston you have given!

  21. Jennifer Hibdon

    I am loving this Historical tour of Boston Thanx for the giveaway!

  22. Sharon Hula

    All three parts of the tour of historic Boston has been so interesting. Thanks so much for sharing with us, Sarah!

  23. Katie

    What exciting things to see there! I’ve never been to Boston, but I may have to go now!

  24. Lis K

    Interesting…I didn’t know that was the origin of the saying “two, if by sea” Learn something new every day 🙂

  25. Trixi O.

    Enjoyed learning more about Paul Revere and the great pictures! Thanks for the virtual tour of Boston….probably the closest I will ever get to it! 🙂

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  26. Samantha B

    Another great post! I really enjoy learning about Boston’s history 🙂
    Thank you!

  27. Christinfaber@gmail.com

    Excited for these books!!! 🙂 I would like to go Boston some day!!!

  28. brian robinette

    enjoyed the history of boston didnt get this post till the 28th sorry

  29. Deanne Patterson

    Ah, Boston ! I’ve never been there but have wanted to go for awhile ! It is so rich in history, which is what I love to read about ! You take excellent pictures thank you for the virtual tour !