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Best Historic Locations in Boston

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Faneuil Hall

This "Cradle of Liberty" was the site of numerous Revolutionary-era debates, meetings and protests, a legacy carried forward by the subsequent generations that used the historic Faneuil Hall to further their cause. Built in 1742, Faneuil Hall was originally designed to serve as a central marketplace, a gift bestowed upon the people of Boston by its namesake, Peter Faneuil, a wealthy local merchant. The ground floor is fitted with shops and eateries that are part of a larger market complex made up of the North, South and Quincy Market Halls. Upstairs is the legendary meeting hall, still used to this date for civic and public gatherings, while the third floor holds a museum and armory. Utilized over the years by labor unions, suffragists, abolitionists and several others as the epicenter of their campaigns, the walls of the stately Faneuil Hall seem almost to reverberate with the echoes of their impassioned voices, appealing to the masses to uphold the nation's founding principles of liberty, equality and justice. The Faneuil Hall is also part of the Freedom Trail.

Boston, MA, United States
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Freedom Trail

An integral artery of downtown Boston, Freedom Trail is a winding path coursing through some of the most significant landmarks of the country. Dotted along the trail's course is a troupe of sites which have been the brewing grounds for iconic events like the Boston Tea Party and Paul Revere's Midnight Ride. Upheld by the Boston National Historic Park and the Freedom Trail Commission, it is dotted by a tracery of churches, graveyards and buildings commanding monumental significance. Some of the important sites studded on the trail are the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, Old North Church, Old South Meeting House, USS Constitution, Copp's Hill Burial Ground and Paul Revere's House. The trail often commences from Boston Common, meandering up to the Bunker Hill Monument. Voyaging proudly through the city's expanse, the Freedom Trail tells stirring tales of the country's glorious past.

Boston, MA, United States
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North End

This old neighborhood is the site of the Old North Church and the Paul Revere House. Located along the Boston waterfront, the North End was the first stop for several waves of immigrants. Italians made it their home in the 1870s. Italian restaurants and pastry shops are crammed into narrow streets, where the smell of garlic and sounds of happy diners fill the air. Hanover and Salem are the two main streets and are often packed with tourists and locals who flock there to chill, relax, and most importantly, shop.

Boston, MA, United States
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Bunker Hill Monument

Bunker Hill Monument commemorates the Battle of Bunker Hill, where the famous command "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes" was issued. Local lore makes much of the battle's misnomer; the battle actually took place on Breed's Hill. To keep the guidebooks simple, Breed's Hill was renamed Bunker Hill, and the original Bunker Hill was flattened. Many visitors end their Freedom Trail tour here. Ambitious visitors may climb the 295 steps to the top.

Boston, MA, United States
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Fenway Park

This world-famous baseball stadium has been a staple of the Boston entertainment scene since its opening in 1912. The diamond is flanked on its left side by the Green Monster, an iconic 37-foot (11.28-meter) field wall featuring a manually operated scoreboard. A unique piece of civic history, Fenway Park is one of the oldest Major League Baseball stadiums currently in use, and it proudly hosts the Boston Red Sox. With a seating capacity of over 37,000 spectators, the stadium ripples with excited energy on game days when steadfast local fans cheer proudly for the home team.

Boston, MA, United States
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Boston Harbor

Boston Harbor is a natural harbor of the Massachusetts Bay. In 1614, Captain John Smith discovered the harbor and it quickly became an important American port, becoming the import point of most goods from England to the New World. Due to its importance to trade between the two continents the harbor was chosen as the location for the infamous Boston Tea Party in 1773, one of the key events leading directly to the American Revolutionary War. Its shores are dotted with a system of shining beacons, with the lighthouses of Boston, Lovells Island Range, Nixes Mate, Spectacle Island Range Light being some of the harbor's finest.

Boston, MA, United States
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Adams National Historical Park

Preserving the grounds and home of former Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, this historical park offers a variety of activities for visitors. Don't miss a chance to learn about its heritage by touring the former homes, browsing the bookstore or taking in the various exhibits. Enjoy guided tours of the family home and discover a library with about 14,000 volumes carefully stored and preserved. The park also features both birthplaces of 2nd U.S. President John Adams and 6th U.S. President John Quincy Adams.

Quincy, MA, United States
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The Fairbanks House

Only gently weathered by the vagaries of time, the Fairbanks House stands as the oldest timber frame building in North America. This phenomenal house was built somewhere between 1637-1641 for Jonathan and Grace Fairebanke as well as their brood of six children. Having gained status as a historic house museum, this house was inhabited by eight generations of the Fairebanke family. The original house was smaller than its current rendition which came to be after constant changes and additions to its construction over the years. Pay a visit to this historic wonder between May and October, which is when tours are conducted here.

Dedham, MA, United States
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Lexington Battle Green

It is said that it was here that the first blood was drawn during the American Revolution in the 1700s. The Lexington Battle Green is the site of the opening shots of this historic event. The Battle Green, located in the heart of the city, plays host to the re-enactment of the battle held every year. It is a popular attraction among locals and tourists alike.

Lexington, MA, United States
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US Post Office-Salem Main

Located on Margin Street, US Post Office-Salem Main was built in 1932. Inspired by the Colonial Revival style of architecture it also features motifs inspired by the Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles. Designed by architects Hadley Smith and Robert Walker, the beautiful structure was added to the US National Register of Historic Places in 1986.

Salem, MA, United States
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The House of the Seven Gables

The House of the Seven Gables is a 17th Century Salem mansion which inspired even the famous novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne in her work of the same name. Also named the Turner-Ingersoll mansion, Seven Gables refers to its seven triangular points above the roof line. Built in 1688, this house contains a hidden staircase and is located on Salem Harbor. The house where Hawthorne was born has been moved to this property and can also be seen.

Salem, MA, United States
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