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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.
Der Freedom Trail (Freiheitsweg) ist ein fast 5 Km langer, rotmarkierter Weg, der 16 historische Plätze abschreitet. Die meisten Besucher starten diesen Weg am Boston Common . Der Nationalpark-Service bietet geführte Gänge vom Boston National Historical Park Visitor Center (Bostoner Besucherzentrum historischer Nationalparks) losgehend an. Hier sind auch Wanderkarten der Routen erhältlich. Am Old State House (Altes Staatshaus), der Faneuil Hall und der Old North Church (Alten Nordkirche) wird angehalten. Sie können auch Paul Revere's house, die Stelle des Bostoner Massakers und den Copp's Hill Burial Ground (Begräbnisstätte) besuchen. Am Ende des Weges in Charleston erwarten sie das Bunker Hill Monument und die U.S.S. Constitution (Kriegsschiff).
In dieser alten Gegend befindet sich die Old North Church (Alte Nordkirche) und das Paul Revere House. An der Bostoner Wasserfront gelegen, war hier der erste Halt vieler Immigranten, die in verschiedenen Einwanderungswellen ankamen. Italiener machten es um 1870 zu ihrer neuen Heimat. Die engen Strassen sind vollgestopft mit italienischen Restaurants und Bäckereien, wo der Duft von Knoblauch und Geräusche fröhlichen Essens die Luft erfüllen. Hanover und Salem sind zwei Hauptstrassen, die häufig gefüllt sind mit Touristen und Bostonern, die zum Entspannen, Sehen, aber hauptsächlich zum Einkaufen herkommen.
Das Bunker Hill Monument erinnert an die Schlacht von Bunker Hill, in der der berühmte Befehl "Nicht schiessen, bevor ihr das Weisse in ihren Augen seht" gegeben wurde. Die lokale Überlieferung unterliegt einem Namensirrtum, die Schlacht fand nämlich am Breed's Hill statt. Um die Reiseführer einfach zu halten: Breed's Hill wurde in Bunker Hill umbenannt, und der originale Bunker Hill wurde eingeebnet. Viele Besucher beenden ihre Freedom Trail(Freiheitsweg) -Tour hier. Ehrgeizige Besucher können die 295 Stufen auf die Spitze hochsteigen.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.