Top 10 Boston Historical Sites

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6)Old South Meeting House

This historic building served as a church as far back as 1729, when it was built in downtown Boston.  It became a prominent meeting place during the early days of the Revolutionary War and was the location where colonists who called themselves The Sons of Liberty met to plan the famous Tea Party protest.  Today, the house still stands and is open to the public for tours throughout the year.


7) Granary Burying Ground 

While only the third oldest cemetery in the city, having been founded in 1660, this small plot of graves along Tremont Street is a popular tourist spot as it is the eternal resting place of several famous people including Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Paul Revere, and many others.


8) John Kennedy National Historic Site

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This site is the childhood home of the 35th president of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.  It is a rather modest looking home located at 83 Beals Street where the Kennedy family lived when John was born in 1917.  With the help of his mother, who in 1966 began the work of preserving many of the family’s interesting possessions, visitors today can take a tour back in time to see what it was like for the president growing up during his early years in Boston.


9) African Meeting House

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The African meeting house was built in the early 1800s to serve as a community center for the then growing African American community within the city. Today, it serves as a museum where visitors can take a guided tour in order to gain a better appreciation of what it was like for the earliest African American residents in the city. This house is only one of the many interesting buildings of the Museum of African American History, we recommend visiting all them if you have time.


10) Old Corner Bookstore

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This iconic building was built sometime in the early 1600s and soon afterwards became the home of controversial Puritan leader Anne Hutchinson.  After Hutchinson was expelled from the state for heresy, the home fell into the possession of a number of different people, until in 1830 when a bookstore was established in the location.  It quickly became a famous meeting place of regional authors such as Henry Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.  Even Charles Dickens visited the bookstore during his tour of America.  As such, it is an interesting location for fans of literature.   Currently, it is open to the public and is the site of a Mexican restaurant.

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