The Charles River was originally called the Massachusetts River, named after the Indian tribe of the same name. Captain John Smith mapped New England after he completed his exploration of Jamestown, Virginia. He is also credited with naming New England. He presented his various maps to King Charles I, who immediately renamed most of the rivers in his own name.
The River was a main source of water, transportation and communications for the Indians and Puritans. Today it is a main source of recreation. Water quality has improved significantly the last thirty years, yet the hard bottom does contain contaminants best left undisturbed.
This year Boston was treated to a very healthy sign of the Rivers come-back. Several harbor seals have navigated through the Boston locks to feed on the fish in the river.
There is a wonderful way to see the river perhaps as the Indians new it. The Massachusetts Broadmoor Audubon Society does a wonderful canoe trip early in the morning including a downstream hardy New England breakfast.
The pictures above should convince you that the river has been preserved much as the Indians knew it. The tour guides are experts in their field of science and history. You can appreciate their conservation successes once you travel with them on the river.
Tours run generally on select Saturdays from 8:30 to 1:00, prox. Contact information is listed below. Yet, it is best to view all their offerings at their web site. Interested in nature photography classes? Birthday parties with content? Birding programs? International trips?
I just wanted to tell you and Mitch how very much I enjoyed today. Mitch is passion for history comes through loud and clear in his delivery.
I learned new facts about Paul Revere that I had never known before.
Mitch was so well-prepared including all of the pictures and it was obvious that heput a lot of time and effort into this tour and the presentation.
So thank you so much for the invitation He did a great job! leslie b, Natick
10/18/2017Hi Mitch, finally getting to say thank you for such an enjoyable day and tour of Paul Revere etc.. I truly learned so much and loved walking through so much of historic Boston! PHYLIS, nh
9/5/2017 Hi Beth, Thanks for asking us to go on your tour, Mitch, of Boston’s historic sites. Your enthusiasm and love of history is contagious. You made history come alive. Sorry I had to leave early. I bet the tour of the North End was equally exciting! You put your all into it. sarah r. Wellesley
6/15/2017 firstname.lastname@example.org Comment 6/1/2017, Your remarks about John Hancock really painted a historical image of the man. 6/1/2016 Hi Mitch, resume services reviews has just posted a comment on your blog post, Why Did Paul Revere Become a Coroner at the Age of Sixty-two? : This is a very interesting piece of historical information. I was never aware of this information before. I didn't even know how relevant Paul Revere is in the history of Boston. It seems that he is a very important figure on Boston's foundation. I'm definitely going to dwell further into matter and research more about him.Comment actions:
6/3/2017 GS, SNHU,edu, Mitch your remarks about John Hancock really painted an historical image of the man.
10/15/2016 Thank you so much for the Boston Massacre Tour. I never knew it was such a complicated affair. I particularly liked the incidental historical stops about Colonial Boston. I hadn't been downtown for years. You opened up so much for me. June, Natick Ma.
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