RI to have its own historic trail

PROVIDENCE, RI – You've probably heard of Boston's Freedom Trail - the walking tour of 16 historical sites in Massachusetts' capital city. Well, Rhode Island will soon have its own version of this popular tourist attraction.

Next week, dignitaries will gather at Rhode Island's Old State House to unveil Rhode Island's Independence Trail. It's a three mile walk that includes about 75 historical sites in downtown Providence.

The tour will feature the site of the birthplace of religious freedom, where the first shot was fired in the fight against England, where Lincoln spoke and a house where George Washington slept.

Governor Lincoln Chafee and Providence mayor Angel Taveras will use quill fountain pens to sign a memorandum of agreement on parchment between the state and city establishing the Independence Trail. A city spokesman says the trail has been in the works for 25 years.

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