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Most Important Historical Monuments in Boston

As one of the oldest cities in the country, it is no surprise that the city Boston is steeped in rich history. Boston was the scene of several key events in the American Revolution.

The city is filled with dozens of historical monuments to commemorate these events, none more important than those that make up the Freedom Trail.

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile long path through downtown Boston that is comprised of a total of 16 historic monuments and tells the story of the American Revolution.

Boston Common

Established in 1634, the Boston Common is America’s oldest public park. British forces used the park as a camp prior to the American Revolution. The park was also used as a site for public hangings until 1817. Included in these was the hanging Quaker Mary Dyer, for breaking the law imposed by Puritans that Quakers were not allowed to enter the colony.

Massachusetts State House

Massachusetts State House

Massachusetts State House

Located in Beacon Hill opposite the Boston Common is the State House. It opened in 1798 and is considered a marvel of architecture. It is the current state capitol and the seat of the Massachusetts state government.

Park Street Church

The steeple of this church reaches 217 feet and was one of the first sites people visiting the city would notice. It was built in 1809 and is still an active congregation today.

Granary Burying Ground

Boston’s third-oldest burying ground is the final resting place of some of America’s most notable citizens including Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams.

King’s Chapel & King’s Chapel Burying Ground

Boston’s first Anglican Church and Boston Proper’s first burying ground have over 330 years of history to explore. The burying ground holds many important figures including John Winthrop, Massachusetts’ first governor and Mary Chilton, the first woman to step off the Mayflower.

Boston Latin School

America’s oldest public school was founded in 1635. Five signers of the Declaration of Independence attended the school including Ben Franklin, whose statue marks the site of the original schoolhouse today.

Old Corner Bookstore

Many well known titles were born here, including ​Walden, The Scarlett Letter, and​Little Women.

The Old Corner Bookstore is Boston’s oldest commercial building and was constructed in 1718.

Old South Meeting House

Old South Meeting House

Old South Meeting House

Old South Meeting House is known as the site where the Boston Tea Party began. On December 16, 1773, over 5000 people came to debate the controversial tea tax. When compromise failed, Samuel Adams gave the signal to dump 342 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor.

Old State House

In July of 1776, the Declaration of Independence was first read to the people of Boston from the balcony of this iconic building. It is also the site of the Boston Massacre and is one of the oldest public buildings in the country. It has been converted into a museum that is home to many revolution-era artifacts.

Boston Massacre Site

Outside of the Old State House, you will find a marker of the site of the Boston Massacre.

Reenactments of the event are held at the site every year on the anniversary.

Fanueil Hall

Today, Fanueil Hall is one of Boston’s most popular marketplaces. Historically, it is known as the ​Cradle Of Liberty. Fanueil hall became an important meeting place as England attempted to

impose taxes on the colonies. It was here that the Son’s of Liberty spoke out against Royal oppression.

Paul Revere's House

Paul Revere’s House

Paul Revere House

The home of the famed midnight rider who warned John Hancock and Samuel Adams that “The British Are Coming!”. You can tour Paul Revere’s family home and hear the true story of the midnight ride told in his own words.

Old North Church

Boston’s oldest church is also the launch point of Paul Revere’s historic Midnight Ride. On the evening of April 18, 1775, two lanterns were hung from the bell tower to signal that the British Army was crossing the Charles River and the famous quote “One if by land, two if by sea” was born.

Copp’s Hill Burying Ground

This is final resting place of many important revolutionary figures including Old North Church sexton Robert Newman, who hung the lanterns on the night of Paul Revere’s Ride, and Edmund Hart, the builder of the USS Constitution.

USS Constitution

Dubbed Old Ironsides during the war of 1812, the USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned naval ship still afloat. Named by President George Washington after the United States Constitution.

Bunker Hill Monument

Built to commemorate the Battle Of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775. This was one of the first major battles of the Revolutionary War which led to significant casualties for the British troops. This battle proved that Colonial Forces stood a chance of achieving victory against the British.

If you want to get a sense of Boston’s history, just follow along the freedom trail to find some of the most important monuments of not only Boston, but of all America.

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