Puritan Path Tourism Project will be new attraction for Boston
WORK has started on a new tourism attraction for Boston.
The Puritan Path Tourism Project will commemorate the twelve important Puritan men and women from the congregation of St. Botolph's Church, Boston, who left England for the New World in the 1630s as part of the Massachusetts Bay Company.
Thirteen stone memorials will be sited on either side of the footpath to the south of the church, which runs from the Market Place, east to west, towards the River Witham.
An informative brass plaque will be laid in the footpath to aid interpretation of the project. Eleven stones will be carved with the name of the person and the date of sailing. A twelfth stone will be sited by the Cotton Chapel, with a slate insert carved with autobiographical details of Reverend John Cotton and a verse by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
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Then at the end of the 'path' by the river wall, a further stone will portray their vision of 'A city upon a Hill'. This stone will have a slate insert with the words of Governor John Winthrop: "We must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill.
"The eyes of all people are upon us."
The memorials, the only of their type in the UK, will be open by Easter 2013.
The story of the founding of Boston, Massachusetts is a very important but little-recognised part of the heritage of St. Botolph's Church, the town and the country.
Funding for the project is being provided by The Historic Bostons' Partnership, The Wash Fens Local Action Group, The Boston Stump Restoration Trust, The Friends of Boston Stump, The Partnership of the Historic Bostons, and Boston Borough Council.
A leaflet will be available inside the church providing further information. There will also be links to the church and other tourism websites.