John Hancock, Samuel Adams, A Celebrity Cow, and the Burlington Mall

It’s Also History: Tales & Tidbits from Alan’s Archives

Alan Foulds is a local historian who has written several historically related articles in addition to his book, “Boston’s Ballparks &  Arenas.” He is a major contributor to the writing of “At Wood End.” Mr. Foulds is also Reading’s Town Moderator.

Sitting at Fenway Park today, looking toward the outfield, you see two larger-than-life names up in lights. One advertises an insurance company, and the other, beer. Coincidentally, they are both the names of former governors of the Commonwealth, but far more importantly, they are founding fathers who were present at the very start of the American Revolution. 

John Hancock and Samuel Adams were certainly in Lexington as that first revolutionary battle was about to take place, but it’s not the battle on the Green that’s the subject of this podcast. Instead, it’s one of the side stories of that “Glorious Morning for America” as Adams reportedly described it. No. We’re going to talk about the movements of Adams and Hancock across Middlesex County early that morning, and the whereabouts of Hancock’s all-important trunk. And, of course, the cow.

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