|The Freedom Trail, Boston, Mass.|
|To tour the historic sights of Boston just follow the Freedom Trail, a self-guided walking tour marked by a red line or double row of red bricks on the sidewalk.|
Boston's Freedom Trail takes you to the following sights:
Once the town's common pastureland, now Boston's "central park," this is where your Freedom Trail adventure starts. More...
The Massachusetts state capitol, with its landmark golden dome, crowns Beacon Hill at the northern corner of Boston Common. More...
3. Park Street Church
This historic church built in 1809, with its lofty steeple rising above Park Street Station at the northeastern corner of Boston Common, was a beacon in the 19th-century anti-slavery movement.
The small cemetery on the northeast side of King's Chapel holds the remains of Boston's 16th- and 17th-century notables, including Governor John Winthrop (1587-1649). More...
7. Ben Franklin Statue & Boston Latin School
After attending Boston Latin School, the first public school in America (1635), Benjamin Franklin left Boston for Philadelphia, fame and fortune. This statue marks the school's first location and honors its most famous alumnus.
8. Old Corner Book Store
First used as a bookstore in 1828, this was the home of noted Boston publishers Ticknor & Fields from 1832 to 1865, and a meeting place for the authors of Boston's 19th-century literary golden age: Dickens, Emerson, Hawthorne, Holmes, Longfellow and others.
11. Site of the Boston Massacre
On State Street near the Old State House, this is where a crowd threatened a small group of British soldiers who fired into the crowd, killing three and mortally wounding others.
The great patriot and silversmith lived in this 17th-century house (1680) in Boston's North End from 1770 to 1800. More...
"One if by land, and two if by sea," the lanterns hung in the lofty steeple of this Georgian church on a hill in the North End signalled to Paul Revere and William Dawes that "the Regulars were out." More...
15. Copp's Hill Burying Ground
This cemetery founded in 1659 for use by the congregation of Old North Church is the second oldest in Boston (after King's Chapel) and affords fine views of Boston Harbor, Bunker Hill, Charlestown and its Navy Yard.
The tall obelisk commemorates the 1775 battle on Bunker and Breed's hills in which Colonel Prescott cried to his men, "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!" More...
The 3-masted frigate launched in 1797 fought dozens of battles, was never defeated, and is still in active service. More...
More Freedom Trail Information
I've adapted the trail's route to my own walking tours for you so that you can see more with less back-tracking:
Starting at Boston Common, this 1-mile (1.4-km), 2-hour walking tour follows the Freedom Trail to Beacon Hill, the State House, Old Granary Burying Ground, King's Chapel, Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, ending at Quincy Market in Faneuil Hall Marketplace. More...
Starting at Faneuil Hall Marketplace (the end point of the Beacon Hill & Downtown Boston Walking Tour), this 2-mile (3.22-km), 2-hour walking tour takes you to Haymarket (best on Friday and Saturday mornings), the Italian-American North End, Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Bunker Hill and the USS Constitution (Old Ironsides). More...
—by Tom Brosnahan