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The Boston Stone

Boston Massachusetts is a fascinating city everyone should visit at least once. Home of the Boston Red Sox, who play at Fenway Park, dozens of well known universities and colleges, great modern hospitals, the Boston Pops who play in the Half Shell on the Charles River, and so much more. It's also the home of a great deal of America's history. Sam Adams; statesman, founding father and all around rabble rouser. John Hancock, Paul Revere, Abigail Adams, John Adams, Benjamin Church, and dozens of other early patriots called Boston home and each had their place in the story of our country. But today I wanted to share with you a lesser known bit of Boston trivia: 

Near Fanueil Hall, along a route marked with red bricks called the Freedom Trail, is this strange sight.

Boston Stone
The Boston Stone

The story goes that it was once a mill-stone, originally used for grinding substances that became pigments in paint. The stone was imported from England in 1700 by the painter Tom Childs. After the building where it was used for this purpose was torn down, the mill-stone was embedded in this otherwise unremarkable red brick building on Marshall Street. The stone is hollow, and about two feet in diameter. The inscription at the base reads "Boston Stone, 1737."
For many years the stone was used as a starting point for surveyors, making it famous. It is suggested the name was taken from the ancient "London Stone," used by the Romans as a central point for many roads.
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