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The Freedom Trail (Boston)

The Freedom Trail


The Freedom Trail is a red path through downtown Boston, Massachusetts that leads significant historic sites. It is a 2.5 mile walk from the Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown and is popular with tourists.
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  •  21-11-2015
  •  2h 30' to 3h 
  • Version : 4 
  •  Caesar 
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In 1958 the Freedom Trail was conceived by local journalist William Schofield. He had been promoting the idea of linking important local landmarks with a pedestrian trail since 1951. Fifty years later tourists from all over the world visit Boston and walk...

The State House

This building was designed by Charles Bulfinch. It is known to the people of Boston as the new State House, in order to differentiate it from the Old State House located on the corner of State and Congress streets. It was completed in 1798, and widely...

Boston Common

Boston Common is America's oldest public park, and was established in 1634. Puritan colonists purchased the land rights to the Common's 44 acres from the first settler of the area, Anglican minister William Blackstone. The price was 30 pounds, and each...

Granary Burying Ground

The Granary is notable for being the resting place of Boston's most famous sons. It was established in 1660. Named for the 12,000 bushel grain storage building that was next door, the graveyard has 2,345 markers. Some say as many as 5,000 people were...

King's Chapel

King's Chapel was founded by Royal Governor Sir Edmund Andros in 1686 as the first Anglican Church in New England during the reign of King James II. The Royal Governor built the King's Chapel on the town's burying ground when no one in the city would sell...

The oldest public school

Boston Latin is America's oldest public school and was founded in 1635. Until the completion of the schoolhouse, classes were held in the home of the first headmaster, Philemen Pormont. On School Street, a mosaic and a statue of noted alumnus Benjamin...

Benjamin Franklin

Franklin was born in 1706 in Boston at 17 Milk Street, in a two-story cottage which burnt down over a century later. Shortly after his birth he was christened in the original wooden Old South Meeting House, across the street. He was baptized at Old South...

Old Corner Bookstore

The building itself was constructed in 1718 by Thomas Crease as a residence and apothecary shop. It was built after the Great Fire of 1711 on property that once belonged to the Puritan dissident Anne Hutchinson. From 1832 to 1865, it was home to Ticknor...

The Old South Meeting House

The Old South Meeting House was not a church, but rather a meeting house for Puritan worship. Today it serves as the Old South Meeting House Museum. The House, with its 56 meters, was completed in 1729. The congregation was gathered in 1669 when it broke...

Old State House

The Old State House was the seat of British Government before the Revolution. Afterwards this building served as the Commonwealth's first capital building, with the office of the state's first governor, John Hancock. It is located at the center of this...

The Boston Massacre

The Boston Massacre was an incident that led to the death of five civilians at the hands of British troops. In 1770 tensions were high between Bostonians and the Redcoats that were sent to Boston in the wake of the Stamp Act riots. On March 5, Private...

Faneuil Hall

This building was funded by a wealthy Boston merchant, Peter Faneuil. The original Faneuil Hall was built by artist John Smibert in 1740. Its style is an English country market, with an open ground floor and an assembly room above. The ground floor was...

Paul Revere House

This wooden structure, dating back to 1680, is downtown Boston's oldest building still in existence. Paul Revere purchased it in 1770 when he was 35 years old. He paid 53 pounds, 6 shillings and 8 pence with a mortgage of 160 pounds. The original...

The Old North Church

The Old North Church, also referred to as Christ Church, is in the city of Boston. It is the oldest standing church building in Boston, having first opened its doors to worshipers in 1723. Its 191 foot steeple is the tallest in Boston and because of its...

Copp's Hill

It was founded by the town of Boston in 1659. Named after shoemaker William Copp, Copp's Hill Burying Ground is the final resting place of merchants, artisans and crafts people who lived in the North End. Located on a hill on which a windmill once stood,...

Bunker Hill

In writing of the Battle of Bunker Hill, Abigail Adams called it the Decisive Day. She predicted the character and outcome of the rest of the war. This is the first major battle of the Revolutionary War. On June 17, 1775 it took a force of 3000 Redcoats...

USS Constitution

USS Constitution is a wooden-hulled, three-masted heavy frigate of the United States Navy. Named by President George Washington after the Constitution of the United States of America, she is the oldest commissioned naval vessel afloat in the world....
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