The Freedom Trail: A Guide to Boston's Most Historic Sites

The Freedom Trail: A Guide to Boston's Most Historic Sites

Sam Drane ·

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long (4.0 km) path through downtown Boston, Massachusetts that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States. Marked largely with brick, it winds between Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. Stops along the trail include simple explanatory ground markers, graveyards, notable churches and buildings, and a historic naval frigate.

The Freedom Trail was originally created in 1951 by Boston historian Dr. Arthur Schlesinger Jr., who took inspiration from London's famous "Green Belt," which follows similar principles of linking historic sites together in one contiguous area to create public access to cultural attractions around major urban centers. The trail was first proposed as a way to highlight key locations associated with America's fight for independence during the Revolutionary War (1775-82) while also providing visitors with an understanding of how American democracy worked at that time.

The Freedom trail contains 16 stops from south to north which include:

1. Boston Common

Boston Common

2. Massachusetts State House

Boston State House

3. Park Street Church

Park Street Church Boston

4. Granary Burying Ground

Granery Burying Ground

5. King's Chapel and King's Chapel Burying Ground

6. Boston Latin School Site/Statue of Benjamin Franklin

Boston Statue of Benjamin Franklin

7. Old Corner Bookstore

Old Corner Bookstore

8. Old South Meeting House

Old South Meeting House

9. Old State House

Old State House

10. Boston Massacre Site

Boston Massacre Site

11. Faneuil Hall

Fanuil Hall Boston

12. Paul Revere House

Paul Revere House

13. Old North Church

Old North Church Boston

14. Copp's Hill Burying Ground

Copp's Hill Burying Ground

15. USS Constitution

USS Constitution Museum

16. Bunker Hill Monument

Bunker Hill Monument Boston

Next time you visit Boston, prepare to experience it like a true patriot, taking in all the sights pertaining to American Revolutionary history! The Freedom Trail is your indispensable companion for an easy-going and informative tour of the most popular tourist attractions in town. Imagine what it feels like to walk miles upon miles alongside historical landmarks as they tell their story and inspire us with tales full of triumph over adversity. Whether you're looking for gorgeous monuments or captivating stories from America's origins that are sure to excite any history buff, hop on board this All-American trail today!

 

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