There are so many important historical sites in Boston that we could never name them all in one blog post. But to get a crash course in Boston’s role in the birth of the U.S., you should follow the Boston Freedom Trail, which links 16 historical sites in a walkable route marked on the sidewalks.
The Boston Freedom Trail begins at an information booth in Boston Common and ends 2.5 miles away at the Bunker Hill Monument. Here’s a map of the entire trail.
Let’s check out a few of the historical sites in Boston that you’ll see along the way:
Old South Meeting House: A Colonial Boston Church
The Old South Meeting House is a church best known as the place where colonists gathered in preparation for the Boston Tea Party. As you gaze at the nearly 300-year-old building, you’ll see a glass skyscraper as the backdrop. This combination of old and new defines the character of Boston.
Granary Burying Ground: A Quiet Reprieve
This small, centuries-old cemetery is the final resting place of a number of men who helped shape the early U.S., including Samuel Adams, John Hancock and Paul Revere. Standing in this lush, green cemetery that was built in 1660, it’s easy to forget that there is a bustling modern city going about its business less than a block away.
Faneuil Hall: One of the Most Famous Historical Sites in Boston
If you’ve ever been to Boston, you’ve probably been to Quincy Market to eat, drink or shop. If you’ve been to Quincy Market, you probably noticed Faneuil Hall across the street. It’s tough to miss.
The huge brick building was built by a local merchant and donated to Boston, and it served as a bustling market and important meeting place for years before becoming a historical landmark. Its design is a grand example of of the architectural style that defined early Boston.
Paul Revere House: The Oldest Home in Downtown Boston
This home was already 95 years old when Paul Revere made his famous midnight ride to warn of approaching British troops, placing it among the oldest historical sites in Boston. It still stands in the city’s North End as a museum, with 90 percent of the building completely original from its construction in 1680.
Unlike many other points along the trail, this one requires a small fee to enter ($3.50 for adults, $1 for children).
Things You Won’t Find on the Boston Freedom Trail
There are two Boston historical sites crucial to the American Revolution that the Freedom Trail doesn’t pass by:
Boston Tea Party site
We all remember it from history class: frustrated with taxes and tariffs, the colonists staged a protest by dumping an entire shipment of British tea into Boston Harbor. It’s one of the seminal events in the city’s history, but you’ll have to go off trail if you want to find it. It’s a short walk from the South Station stop on the T.
A plaque near Boston Common marks the spot where this tree once stood. It is symbolic as the site of the first act of rebellion by the colonists against the British — a protest against the Stamp Act in 1765. Ten years later, the British chopped the tree down.
Back to Modern Life
History is fascinating, but we don’t take the convenience of modern life for granted. The residents of Parc Westborough live in a modern, upscale apartment community just a short commute from some of the nation’s oldest historical sites.