IWALKED BOSTON’S COMMON – CARTY PARADE GROUND
Along the northwest corner of the Boston Common (parallel to Charles Street) is the Carty Parade Ground which was laid out in 1852. This space, along with the nearby Parkman Bandstand, serves as the primary locations from where the Shakespeare in the Park plays may occur on occasion. During the Revolutionary War though, this is where the British maintained a camp which had on the upwards of 2,000 troops here.
The name of the Carty Parade Ground was given in 1963 in honor of a Thomas Carty. Thomas was a Captain of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. This military group is recognized as the oldest military organization in the Western Hemisphere. The oldest in the world belongs to the Honourable Artillery Company of London. Now if you are unfamiliar with the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company you may at least recognize a few famous former members whom have included James Monroe and John F Kennedy.
Address: Boston Common, Boston, MA. The grassy area that is the northwest corner of the Boston Common.
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