For more information on the Pioneer Museum, Vereins Kirche, and the White Oak School, visit the Pioneer Museum website.
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I know, I know. I said I was finished talking about Boston. But I just can’t resist sharing these photos of Boston’s beautiful, historically significant Trinity Church.
Designed by architect H. H. Richardson, this builidng is considered an excellent example of the Romanesque revival style, meaning it was influenced by the architecture of 10-12th century Europe. When the church was opened in 1877, its design was unique compared to many American churches–instead of creating a long central aisle (nave), the architect used a Greek cross plan, meaning that the central aisle and transepts are of equal length. In other words, the church is focused around a central core rather than featuring a long aisle that leads to the front of the church.
When we stayed in Boston, our hotel was located near Copley Square, and we walked by Trinity Church almost everyday. It is definitely worth a visit. Guided and self-guided tours are offered for $6 for adults, and children 16 and under are free.
As a fan of architecture, particularly Renaissance and Renaissance-inspired styles, I found plenty of beautiful buildings to explore in Boston. One of my favorites is the Old South Church, which can be found in the Back Bay neighborhood near Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library.
Inspired by the architecture of medieval Venice, architect Charles Amos Cummings began designing the church in 1872. You’ll find many Gothic design elements like round stained glass windows, pointed arches, and multi-colored stonework.
In addition to being a significant building architecturally, Old South Church also has a rich history. This particular building was completed in 1875, but the congregation itself was formed in 1669. Famous members of the church included Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, William Dawes, and Phillis Wheatley.
Like many historic buildings in Boston, Old South Church does not charge an admission fee. I felt very welcomed as I stepped inside the church and was even encouraged by the woman working at the information desk to take as many pictures as I wanted. This is a lovely, quiet place to visit with or without children.
We’re back now after spending a week in Boston. I’m tired and a little bewildered to be back to real life, so this will be a very short post.
This trip was different for us since Nick’s primary goal in Boston was to attend a work-related conference. Therefore, E. and I spent most of the days on our own exploring the city. It was quite an adventure exploring an unfamiliar city with a three year old and without another adult.
This week (and possibly next), I’ll be writing all about our adventures in New England. Some of the highlights included a Duck Tour, a visit to Old South Church, and more than one stroll through the Public Garden. Hope you’ll join us.
(By the way, I took this photo from the steps of the Boston Public Library looking towards Trinity Church.)
A few tips to keep in mind when you visit Mission San Juan:
–As tempting as it might be, don’t allow kids to climb, walk, or sit on the stone walls. Keep in mind that many of these structures date back to the mid-1700s and need to be protected.
–Bring water and sunscreen. There isn’t much shade near the church, although you will find some along the trail leading to the San Antonio River.
–Definitely take a walk down the Yanaguana Trail, which can be found behind the church. Informative signs along the way make the walk that much more interesting. For instance, did you know that there used to be alligators living near the river? Yikes!
–Don’t forget to visit the other missions that are part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. My favorite is Mission Concepción, the oldest unrestored stone church in the United States.
Built in 1876 of native limestone, St. Stanislaus Church is the second oldest Polish church in the U.S.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves by starting this story in 1876. The real beginning occurred in 1855 when 16 Polish families made the long journey to Bandera to settle. Four years later, they began to construct a small log building that would serve as their first church.
This story reminds me of the first, small St. Louis Church in Castroville. (To learn more about stone churches in Castroville, read my post Churches Big and Small in Castroville, Texas.) It is amazing to think about how much was accomplished in such a short amount of time, how a group of settlers in a foreign land were able to go from humble one-room churches to beautiful stone structures capable of holding larger congregations.
For more information on the history of St. Stanislaus Church, visit the church website.
When we visited Fredericksburg last week, I knew that we would be returning at some point. Little did I know that our return visit would take place five days later, on the day after Thanksgiving.
E.’s grandparents came into town, and they wanted to visit Fredericksburg, so off we went on the scenic drive from San Antonio. Even though our last visit was still fresh in my mind, I loved the beautiful scenery: the rolling hills, wide open spaces, and strange (at least to my eyes) trees and shrubs that populate the landscape.
We ate lunch at Winslow’s Restaurant on Main Street, which boasts “the best burger in town.” Since this was my first Fredericksburg cheeseburger, it’s hard to say whether that description is accurate, but I can say that the burger was very good. The service was great, especially considering that the restaurant was crowded that day.
We also got to stop by the Clear River Pecan Company, which has a 1950’s diner theme, for ice cream and coffee. E. loved riding the old mechanical horse that sits outside.
As we walked around the downtown area, I noticed several Texas Historical Commission markers that I hadn’t spotted the first time, such as this one at the Hoerster Building, located on Main Street.
And here I am posing next to another historical marker, although this was our second encounter with this particular spot:
After our first visit to Fredericksburg, I knew that there were many more places to see that we hadn’t gotten to that day. And I still felt the same way after our second trip. As we rounded the corner to walk to our car, I spotted this church spire in the distance. I wondered about the age of the church, its appearance, its history. I guess we’ll be making yet another trip to Fredericksburg sometime soon.
Miss out on Part 1? Check out my post Half a Day in Fredericksburg.