Freedom Trail

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by jmhook on March 17, 2006

You should not start this at the Boston National Historic Park Building on State Street, because that is somewhere in the middle of the tour. We entered Boston on Interstate 90, taking the Stuart/Charles St. exit to Boston Commons, where we used the underground parking. From there is the Boston Common Visitor Information Center, where we bought a pamphlet for a self-guided tour of the Freedom Trail. We made it through to site no. 12, Paul Revere’s House, of the 16 numbered sites. See the tour below...

#1 Boston Common – America’s oldest public park, also the site of hangings, duels, and celebrations.
#2 Massachusetts State House – Built in 1798 at five times the budget, the oldest building on Beacon Hill. The dome was originally wood. In 1802, it was covered in copper to prevent leakage, and gilded in 23-carat gold leaf in 1874. #3 Park Street Church – We were lucky to pass by when the church clock struck at noon and continued to play multiple tunes. Originally the site of a grain storage, it used to be the first thing visitors saw after 1809 as they entered the city.
#4 Granary Burying Ground – Many prominent Bostonians and men of history are buried here next to the Park Street Church
#5 King’s Chapel – King James II order the land seized in 1688 and the first Anglican Church was constructed.
#6 First Public School and Statue of Benjamin Franklin – 1635, the first public school in the U.S.
#7 Old Corner Bookstore – Now a jewelry store. The only way you’d notice is by the barn-like appearance from the street.
#8 Old South Meeting House – 1729, the second oldest church in Boston, used for many public meetings, and the location of many of the historical events leading to the revolution.
#9 Old State House Museum – 1713, Boston’s oldest surviving public building. If you were to enter any one building on this trail, this building should be it. The museum gives a very good history lesson. #10 Boston Massacre – Where five men were killed outside the Old State House in a conflict between Colonists and British troops.
#11 Faneuil Hall – Served as a meeting place and open-air market.
#12 Paul Revere House – 1680, Boston’s oldest private building in downtown, home to famous Paul Revere.
#13 Old North Church
#14 Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
#15 USS Constitution – Old Ironsides
#16 Bunker Hill Monument
Freedom Trail
15 State Street
Boston, Massachusetts, 02109
(617) 242-5642

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