Does the name “Benjamin Franklin” bring to mind an elderly man with a bald pate and a pot belly? Well, Ben Franklin was a boy once too and his boyhood was spent right here in the city of Boston. Come learn about Benjamin Franklin’s early days and influences on the Boston By Foot walking tour Ben Franklin: Son of Boston. Your guide (one of whom is your blogger) will lead you to sites in Boston related to Franklin as well as talk about his later life as a printer, politician, scientist, inventor, and founding father. This tour is offered as part of Boston Harborfest, one of the best events on the Boston calendar.
Son of Boston will be offered on two dates stepping off from the corner of Washington and School Streets near the Irish Famine Memorial and Borders Book Store:
Friday, July 3rd: 4 pm – 5:30 pm
Sunday, July 5th: 4 pm – 5:30 pm
Admission is $12/person. $5 for members. If you’re not already a member, sign up now or sign up with a Boston By Foot docent before the tour.
Official tour description:
Celebrate and learn the life of Benjamin Franklin by walking among the sites of his homes and haunts in Colonial Boston. In his day, Benjamin Franklin was America’s greatest scientist, inventor, diplomat, humorist, statesman, and entrepreneur. Ben was born in Boston, came of age in Philadelphia, and was the darling of Paris. From his many inventions, creation of civic, philanthropic, and educational institutions, to his his roles in the founding of America, his legacy is immeasurable.
If you have the chance, bone up be reading The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.
Previously: Son of Boston: A Salute to Benjamin Franklin