Whether you have or not, no road trip to Boston would be complete if you didn’t add the Freedom Trail’s two-and-a-half-mile stretch to your itinerary when you are visiting Boston. There are sixteen historical sites to see along the way and you will love the fact that you can see a good portion of the city at the same time.
As you walk along the Freedom Trail, you will have the opportunity to learn about more than two hundred and fifty years of U.S. history. Each site has been preserved, so you can feel as if you were visiting at the time of the Founding Fathers.
Most tourists like yourself begin their Freedom Trail journey at Boston Common. This is one of the oldest public parks in the country and it is comprised of approximately fifty acres of land. Centuries ago, this park was a pasture for Puritan settlers and then it was used by the military. A lot has changed since those times and today, you will see families having picnics, people running, and during the winter, ice skating on the pond.
The Faneuil Hall Marketplace has been a part of Boston’s history since 1742. At that time, merchants and fishermen sold items to the locals. However, it wasn’t long before prominent people like George Washington and Samuel Adams used this area to give inspirational speeches. This marketplace received major renovations back in the 1970s and it looks slightly different nowadays. Currently, there are at least fifty stores, forty food vendors, and fourteen restaurants at Faneuil Hall.
April 18, 1775, was an important night in Boston’s history and this church was where Robert Newman signaled to the locals that the British were approaching. This is the oldest church in the city, and you can see the family names from years ago on the private benches. There is a museum tucked away into the gift shop next door, so make sure you check that out before you continue along the Freedom Trail.
Everyone knows the important role Paul Revere played when the British were arriving to attack. However, not many people have seen his home. He lived in this home from 1770 through 1800 and it is the oldest home in the city. You can tour his home and during your tour, you will see the original furniture, as well as some of the silver he produced.
The USS Constitution known as Old Ironsides is the oldest warship still in the water today. She first set sail on July 22, 1798, with her final voyage being July 21, 1997. She is currently a museum, so board the ship for a tour. The tours occur every half hour and your tour guide will be dressed in clothes from the time this ship was used.
There are eleven other historical sites included on the Freedom Trail, these are considered the five must-see ones of them all. I recommend you walk along the entire Freedom Trail and then walk all the way back because you will see something different almost everywhere on your return trip. After all, there is so much history to see and learn about and you won’t want to miss any of it!
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