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Massachusetts

* ATHOL. 559 Petersham Road. Where abolitionist and entrepreneur Lysander Spooner was born on January 19, 1808. Spooner wrote The Unconstitutionality of Slavery (1845) in this house.

* BOSTON. African Meeting House, Smith Court off Joy Street, Beacon Hill. William Lloyd Garrison's New England Anti-Slavery Society was established here in 1832. The African Meeting House is now part of the Museum of Afro-American History. For information, call (617) 742-5415.

* BOSTON. Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue. The collection includes classic portraits of America's Founders and paintings of the American Revolution. For information, call 267-9300.

* BOSTON. Fanueil Hall Marketplace, Merchants Row. Called the "Cradle of Liberty" because of all the revolutionary meetings held here before Independence was declared. For information, call (617) 523-1300.

* BOSTON. Ford Hall Forum, 271 Huntington Avenue. Where Ayn Rand delivered annual lectures for many years. For information, call (617) 373-5800.

* BOSTON. Forest Hills Cemetary, 95 Forest Hills Avenue. Lysander Spooner (1808-1887) was buried in Plot 563, Field of Ephron. For information, call (617) 524-0128.

* BOSTON. Granary Hill Burying Ground, Tremont Street at the opposite end of Bromfield Street. Where Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere and other Boston patriots were buried.

* BOSTON. Old North Church, 193 Salem Street at Hull Street. Two lanterns were hung in the steeple's highest window, signalling Paul Revere that the British soldiers were coming to attack minutemen in Lexington. For information, call (617) 523-6676.

* BOSTON. Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington Street. Where many revolutionary meetings took place -- including the meeting that resulted in the Boston Tea Party. For information, call (617) 482-6438.

* BOSTON. Park Street Church, 1 Park Street. Where William Lloyd Garrison delivered his first antislavery speech in 1829. For information, call (617) 523-3383.

* BOSTON. Paul Revere House, 19 North Square. Built in 1680, this is the oldest surviving house in downtown Boston. The silversmith left it when he went on his famed ride on April 18, 1775 to warn American patriots in Lexington that British soldiers were coming. For information, call (617) 523-2338.

* BOSTON. 109 Myrtle Street. The three-story rooming house on Beacon Hill where Lysander Spooner died May 14, 1887.

* BOSTON. Purchase Street, the older, southern end -- somewhere along here, Samuel Adams was born on September 16, 1722.

* CAMBRIDGE. Houghton Library, Harvard University. Papers of 20th century radical Oswald Garrison Villard. For information, call (617) 495 2441. At Harvard's Baker Library are papers of his grandfather, the abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. For information, call (617) 495-6395.

* CONCORD. Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road. Includes Paul Revere's signal lantern, Ralph Waldo Emerson's study and Henry David Thoreau's personal effects from his cottage at Walden Pond. For information, call (508) 369-9609.

* CONCORD. Minute Man National Historic Park, North Bridge Unit, Monument Street. Highlight is the Daniel Chester French sculpture. Visitor Center is at 174 Liberty Street. For information, call (508) 369-6993.

* CONCORD. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Bedford Street, northeast of the square. Where Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau are buried.

* CONCORD. Thoreau Lyceum, 156 Belknap Street. All kinds of material about Thoreau. For information, call (508) 369-5912.

* HAVERHILL. John Greenleaf Whittier Birthplace, 305 Whittier Road, I-495 to exit 52, then a mile east on Massachusetts 110. Homestead for the poet of the abolitionist movement. For information, call (508) 373-3979.

* MARBLEHEAD. Town Hall, Washington Road. Archibald Willard's centennial painting Spirit of '76 is on the wall. For information, call (617) 631-0528.

* QUINCY. The Adams National Historic Site, 135 Adams Street, off Furnace Brook Parkway. Site includes the birthplaces of John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams. For information, call (617) 773-1177.

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