BOS­TON STONE

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Wan­der around be­hind The Bell in Hand and you’ll lit­er­ally trip over the Bos­ton Stone. The known ori­gins of the 1737 stone are, at best, shaky. A ru­mor per­sists that it was used as a sur­vey­ing in­stru­ment to de­note the “cen­ter” of Bos­ton; this is prob­a­bly not true. An­other that it was used to grind paint pig­ments, and yet an­other that it was a tac­tic cre­ated by a lo­cal shop owner to gen­er­ate a cu­ri­ousity in front of his store. Clearly, we’re still cu­ri­ous. 1 Mar­shall St. for tea-re­lated ex­ploits. Look for the giant cop­per ket­tle hang­ing above Star­bucks in Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter. It was hand­crafted by lo­cal cop­per­smiths Hicks & Badger, and yeah, it ac­tu­ally steams. Can you es­ti­mate how much Dar­jeel­ing it could hold? Wa­ger a guess and then squint up—its vol­ume is etched on its side. 63 Court St.

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