Boston is one of the most historical cities in the US. Many historical events that shaped the state of the nation took place in Boston. The American Revolution, the Boston Tea Party, the Boston Massacre, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and many other events took place here. This rich history attracts many tourists from across the globe and there are numerous museums and monuments scattered across the city that offer a glimpse into the life people used to live. This article explores some of the best historical sites you should visit when you are in Boston. Although most significant historical sites lie on the freedom trail, others are scattered within the city.
- Granary Burial Ground
This is a small space that serves as a burial place for some of the famous figures who contributed a lot to the history of the nation. Paul Revere and John Hancock are buried on this spot. Both made significant contributions to the history of the country. Other notable personalities who were buried in this sport include Sam Adams and the parents of Benjamin Franklin. To understand better about the people lying here and their contribution to the history of the US, you can sign up for a guided tour.
- Boston Common
Boston Common is the eldest public park in the US, having been established in 1634. It was the home of the first European Settler William Blackstone, who was an Anglican Minister. It became the site for Puritanical punishments where people would be tied to a whipping post or pillory. Today, the grounds serve as a place where public oratories are held. You will learn more about Robert Gould Shaw and an all-black volunteer regiment in the civil war and about William Carney who became the first black man to earn the Congressional Medal of Honor. You will also learn about the Great Elm tree where they used to hang pirates.
- The USS Constitution
This is the oldest ship in the US, having been built in 1797. You will find the ship docked at the end of the Freedom Trail at the Charlestown Navy Yard. The USS Constitution was instrumental during World War I in defeating British warships. A guided walk through the ship will offer you a glimpse into the lives these sailors had and explore more about the journeys the ship covered, its losses, and its triumphs. You can even have a meal on board and enjoy a series of interactive activities that will offer you more insights into the war and the ship’s contribution to the war.
- Bunker Hill Monument
In 1842, the Bunker Hill Monument was built as a way to remember the battle of Bunker Hill that had taken place in June 1775. A lot of soldiers lost their lives that day and this monument was built as a commemoration of this battle. The patriot leader, Joseph Warren was killed that day and a statue was erected to pay respect for his sacrifice in the battle. The monument is a popular site for tourists as they come to pay respect to the fallen soldiers.
- The Boston Public Library
Besides the beautiful architectural designs that make this one of the most unique libraries in the nation, there are millions of very rare and very old books, manuscripts, and letters that have altered this nation’s course over time inside this library. Large murals by renowned artists adorn the walls and arched pathways whose style has been borrowed from the Italian Renaissance period make this library a beautiful historic destination in Boston. You can take a free tour inside this library to admire the collections and probably learn a thing or two about American history.
- Old North Church
This is the oldest recognized church in the US, having been established in 1723. It served two purposes during the war; it warned the residents that their enemies (the British) were approaching by sea and it also offered spiritual nourishment to Cambridge residents. Paul Revere used to place two lamps inside the church to provide this warning to his fellow colonists. Today, the church serves as an Episcopal church. There is a small gift shop that also acts as a mini-museum where you can learn about the church’s role in the struggle for American Revolution and probably buy a souvenir. When attending the mass here, be keen to observe family names engraved on private benches, offering a glimpse into the lives of local people who attended this church in the past. The cobblestones leading to the church are a work of art, signifying the rich history and artistic value of the people who lived in Cambridge.
- The Fenway Park
Fenway Park is among the oldest stadiums in the US. It has been the home of the Red Sox for over a century. This park has hosted some of the most astonishing and memorable events in history. If you happen to catch a Sox game while you are visiting here, you will be in for a treat. If not, you can still scout the halls to learn more about the stadium and about the famous personalities who have graced those halls. Music stars, Presidents, and prominent people have been to Fenway Park.
- Faneuil Hall
When you want to grab an ice cream or a hot meal after touring other places, visit the marketplace at Faneuil Hall. This is one of the oldest markets in Boston, parked with numerous stalls that sell delicious local cuisines, clothing, and other assorted goods. The marketplace is a hub of activity and you are sure to catch a street concert as you enjoy your drink or food.
- The Tea Parties of Boston
No trip to Boston would be complete without a trip to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. The Boston tea party was an event that occurred in 1773 when American Colonists dumped chests of tea into the sea because they were angry at the taxes imposed by the British. This was the first act of defiance that signified that Americans were not ready to be oppressed by Britain. This act would later lead to the Boston Massacre where several Americans were killed while fighting with the British soldiers.
- Paul Revere’s House
Paul Revere was a renowned and respected officer who fought for the American Revolution. The house is the oldest in downtown Massachusetts. It was built using timber and Georgian Architectural in 1680. Join a tour or visit the house on your own. It is located on the Freedom Trail.