The Freedom Trail begins at the Boston Common Information Kiosk, where you can obtain
a free guide or rent a handheld self-guided audio tour complete with sound effects
and anecdotes for $15, $12 for each additional adult and $10 for children. Free
90-minute, park ranger-guided tours depart from the Boston National Historical Park
Visitors Center at the corner of State and Devonshire streets, Mon–Fri at 2 p.m.,
Sat & Sun at 10 & 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. First come, first serve. Arrive 30 minutes
prior to tour. Call 617-242-5642 for more information. The number accompanying each
site listed below refers to the site’s location as shown on Panorama’s map.
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Boston Common (1)
Set aside in 1634 as a military training field and grazing pasture, the Common is
the oldest public park in America. The park served as quarters for British as well
as Colonial troops, and later housed Civil War regiments. The British Army set out
for the start of the Revolutionary War from what is now Park Square.
The State House (2)
Beacon Street, top of Beacon Hill facing Boston Common, 617-727-3676. Open Mon–Fri
10 a.m.–4 p.m., except holidays. Guided tours Mon–Fri 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m. The famous
golden dome of the State House marks the government seat of the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts. The cornerstone was laid by Samuel Adams, and the building stands
on land bought from John Hancock. The red brick portion was designed by the legendary
architect Charles Bulfinch.
Park Street Church (3)
Corner of Park and Tremont streets, 617-523-3383. Sunday services at 8:30 &
11 a.m. and 4 & 6 p.m. Morning services are traditional, evening services are
contemporary. Built in 1809, this church was described by Henry James as “the most
interesting mass of brick and mortar in America.”
Old Granary Burying Ground (4)
Tremont Street next to Park Street Church, 617-635-7389. Open daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
This historic cemetery, formerly the town granary, is the final resting place of
John Hancock, Paul Revere, Robert Treat Paine, Samuel Adams, Peter Faneuil, and
the victims of the Boston Massacre. A stone inscribed “Mary Goose” (a.k.a. Elizabeth
Goose) allegedly marks the grave of Mother Goose.
King’s Chapel and Burying Ground (5)
Tremont and School streets, 617-227-2155. Services: Sun at 11 a.m., Wed at 12:15
p.m. Burying Ground open daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tours: Mon and Thu–Sat 9:30 a.m.–4:30
p.m.; Tue and Wed 1:30–4:30 p.m. Visitors are reminded that King’s Chapel is a house
of worship. The chapel was established in 1687 as the first Anglican congregation
in Boston. The second chapel, built in 1754, became the first Unitarian church in
America after the Revolution.
Site of the first public school and Ben Franklin’s statue (6)
On School Street, marked by a column and commemorative plaque. On April 13, 1635,
the town voted to establish the first public school in the country (the forerunner
of the Boston Latin School). Nearby is Benjamin Franklin’s statue, built in 1856,
the first portrait-statue erected in the United States.
Site of the Old Corner Bookstore (7)
School and Washington streets, 617-367-4000. Constructed as an apothecary in 1718,
the ground floor was later used as a bookstore that became the center of literary
Boston and the meeting place of such notables as Emerson, Hawthorne, and Thoreau.
Old South Meeting House (8)
310 Washington St., 617-482-6439. Open daily 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission: $5; students
& seniors $4; children (6–18) $1; children (under 6) free. This building housed
many town meetings, the most famous of which triggered the Boston Tea Party. Permanent
exhibit: Voices of Protest.
Old State House (9)
Corner of Washington and State streets, 617-720-3292. Open daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Admission:
$5; students & seniors $4; children (6–18) $1; children (under 6) free. Built
in 1713, this seat of colonial government was the center of activity for such patriots
as John Hancock and Samuel and John Adams. It was from the east balcony that the
Declaration of Independence was first read in Boston.
Boston Massacre Site (10)
State Street in front of the Old State House. At the next intersection below the
State House, a ring of cobblestones marks the site of the clash between a jeering
Boston crowd and a British guard of nine soldiers on March 5, 1770.
Faneuil Hall (11)
Merchants Row and Faneuil Hall Square, 617-523-1300. Open daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Historical
talks given daily every half hour 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Military museum open Mon–Fri
9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. “The Cradle of Liberty” combines in one building a free enterprise
market on the first floor with a free marketplace for the exchange of ideas upstairs.
Paul Revere House (12)
19 North Square, Hanover Street, 617-523-2338. Open daily 9:30 a.m.–5:15 p.m. Admission:
$3; students & seniors with I.D. $2.50; children (5–17) $1; (under 5) free.
The oldest home in Boston, built about 1680, was occupied by Paul Revere from 1770
Old North Church (13)
193 Salem St., 617-523-6676. Open daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Sun services at 9 and 11 a.m.
Known as Christ Church and erected in 1723, this is Boston’s oldest standing church,
where two lanterns were hung on April 18, 1775, signaling the Redcoats’ departure
by sea for Lexington and Concord.
Copp’s Hill Burial Ground (14)
Open daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Hull Street. Set out in 1660, Copp’s Hill was Boston’s
second cemetery. Many remarkable people are interred here, including Increase Mather,
his son Cotton, Cotton’s son Samuel Mather and Edmund Hartt, builder of the U.S.S.
Bunker Hill Monument (15)
Breed’s Hill, Charlestown, 617-242-5641. Climb the monument from 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Lodge and museum open daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m. The site of the historic battle of June
U.S.S. Constitution (16)
Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, 617-242-5670. Open Tue–Sun from 10
a.m.–6 p.m, with tours until 3:30 p.m. This 44-gun frigate is the oldest commissioned
warship in the world. The U.S.S. Constitution Museum, located adjacent to the ship,
is open daily from 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Call 617-426-1812.