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Boston has seen some of the most significant milestones of our nation's history, from the protests and battles of the American Revolution to the waves of immigration in the 20th century. Come to this city by the Bay and walk the footsteps of our revolutionary forebears by touring the churches and meeting houses they frequented and the greens and battleships where they fought British Redcoats. But Boston's historical offerings don't end with the Revolutionary Era. Read on…

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Benjamin Franklin Statue/Boston Latin School
Black Heritage Trail
  • Black Heritage Trail
  • The first Africans in Boston arrived only eight years after the founding of the city, in February of 1638. Although they were brought as slaves, the conclusion of the American Revolution changed the status of African Americans in Massachusetts.
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Bunker Hill Monument
  • Bunker Hill Monument
  • "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes," ordered Colonel William Prescott on June 17, 1775, at the Battle of Bunker Hill, the first major battle of the American Revolution.
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Castle Island
  • Castle Island
  • Combine a bit of history with some gorgeous scenery, and you've got Castle Island, located in the Boston Harbor on the city's South End. This 22-acre piece of land is more a pseudo-island though, since visitors can access it by foot, bicycle, or by car using the thin connecting road.
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Copp's Hill Burying Ground
  • Copp's Hill Burying Ground
  • Founded in 1659 by the city of Boston, this historic burying ground was named after William Copp and his family, a local shoemaker in the area who settled on the land around 1635.
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Custom House
  • Custom House
  • Once Boston's tallest building, the Custom House is located in McKinley Square in the heart of the Financial District. When this 16-floor architectural marvel was completed, Boston had a 125-foot limit on city buildings.
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Fenway Park
  • Fenway Park
  • Fenway Park has been the home of the Boston Red Sox since April 20, 1912 when they defeated the New York Highlanders-later known as the New York Yankees.
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Granary Burying Ground
  • Granary Burying Ground
  • Founded in 1660, the Granary Burying Ground is Boston's third oldest cemetery and home to some of its most important historical figures, such as Samuel Adams and Paul Revere. Despite its location in downtown Boston, an eerie peace exists in its shady corners and old, cracked gravestones.
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Harriet Tubman House
  • Harriet Tubman House
  • Harriet Tubman, escaped slave from the South who became the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad in the 1850s, made it to Boston as part of her never ending quest for equal rights.
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Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library
  • Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library
  • In April of 1912, Harry Elkins Widener boarded a ship that boasted innovations and grandness never before seen on the sea. With his mother and father, Widener embarked on a voyage aboard the Titanic, beginning in France and bound for New York City.
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Irish Heritage Trail
  • Irish Heritage Trail
  • The Irish Heritage Trail offers visitors the opportunity to explore the history of Irish-American artists and heroes through a self-guided walking tour.
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King's Chapel and Burial Ground
  • King's Chapel and Burial Ground
  • Besides water for drinking and roads for moving around, all new cities need one thing as they grow—a place to inter their dead. Early 1600s Boston was no exception. King's Chapel Burying Ground, the city's first cemetery, was founded in 1630.
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Massachusetts State House
  • Massachusetts State House
  • Boston is known by many nicknames, which can happen if you've been around for as long as Boston has. Cradle of Liberty, City on a Hill, America's Walking City, and the less impressive Beantown, are some, but one of the town's stranger nicknames is simply the Hub.
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Mount Auburn Cemetery
  • Mount Auburn Cemetery
  • Designated as a National Historic Landmark by the Department of the Interior, the Mount Auburn Cemetery of Cambridge Massachusetts is recognized as one of the United States most noteworthy landscapes.
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Old Corner Bookstore
  • Old Corner Bookstore
  • The name might suggest a place to pick up an old, out-of-print copy of your favorite classic, but as you arrive at the Old Corner Bookstore, don't let the lack of books disappoint you.
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Old North Church
  • Old North Church
  • Step into the Old North Church and watch your history books come alive. You may recall from middle school the well-known rhyme "one if by land, two if by sea," about the famous midnight ride of Paul Revere.
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Old South Meeting House
  • Old South Meeting House
  • If the embodiment of free speech could manifest in a building, the Old South Meeting House in Boston might get your vote as number one.
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Old State House
  • Old State House
  • As the main venue for the stormy debates leading up to the Revolutionary War, the Old State House in Boston might have been the most significant building in America for its role in the outcome of the organized New World.
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Park Street Church
  • Park Street Church
  • While strolling down Park Street, you can't help but notice a white steeple peering over many buildings and peeking in-between alleys. The closer you get, the more vibrant and alive this 200-year-old brick and white trim structure becomes.
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Site of the Boston Massacre
Skinny House
  • Skinny House
  • The Skinny House's mere 10.4 feet across at its widest point is no reflection on the depth of its historical character.
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Somerville Theatre
  • Somerville Theatre
  • Discover your inner thespian, movie critic, or rock star at the Somerville Theatre. Built in 1914, the theater has not lost a wink of its original Vaudevillian charm, glamour, and excitement, or the old-time wonder of moving pictures.
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South Station
  • South Station
  • South Station is more than just the place to grab your train. This granite wonder contains a variety of retailers, exhibits, concerts, and eateries. For over 100 years, South Station has served as the majestic host for passengers traveling in and out of Boston.
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Trinity Church
  • Trinity Church
  • The wide sidewalks of Boylston Street in downtown Boston are banked by skyscrapers with sheer, shining exteriors that reflect industry and finance, and tall, imposing buildings that seem like the city's backbone with straightened ribs to hold up the skyline.
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USS Constitution
  • USS Constitution
  • There is a certain romance about wooden ships, one that has increased in the past century as their numbers have decreased. Columbus "discovered" America in a wooden sailing ship; the Pilgrims crossed the Atlantic in one, too.
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