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The Path To Freedom


In Boston, Massachusetts, pivotal moments of American history remain visibly intact. A red brick path, called The Freedom Trail, winds through the city. Follow it and you’ll see chapels, churches, and government buildings. These are more than hollow buildings—they are historic touch points where the founding members of the United States of America made difficult decisions, where big ideas were forged into reality, and where the fires of Revolution were stoked. Historically, America used to be the New World where colonies settled from Europe. Puritan colonists set camp in Massachusetts, and founded Boston in 1630. Slowly, the English gained control of all the settlements in the New World, edging out French and Spanish colonies in a Seven Year War. How the Thirteen Colonies of the New World went from under the British Crown to becoming a unified, sovereign nation unravels right here in Boston—on The Freedom Trail. We're diving deep into the city's captivating history so take this list on your walk!

Updated 9 months ago

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Christ Church in the City of Boston (Old North Church)

Boston, United States • Recommendation • 10 months ago

Before Paul Revere rode on horseback, he charged three Boston patriots to signal by lanterns in the steeple. They were warning people from across the Charles River about the British troops who were advancing from the water. It was universally understood that “one [lantern] if by land, and two [lanterns] if by sea.” That night, Captain John Pulling, Thomas Bernard, and a church official named Robert Newman hung two lanterns, which was a covert and discrete operation. Paul Revere, then rode off, spreading the warning through town by word-of-mouth rather than flame in the dark night. Take a turn around the halls in a tour, see the historic lanterns, or take a seat during a service. They post the season’s schedule on their website so plan your tours ahead. As the church is still an active place of worship, Sundays are reserved for mass.


193 Salem Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Boston Common

Boston, United States • Recommendation • 10 months ago

Begin your tour into American History at the Boston Common, the first stop on The Freedom Trail. Established in 1634, it is the oldest public park in the country. The park morphed from a community space for grazing livestock (and public hangings) to a political platform. After the Seven Year War, the British Empire was burdened with a debt of the war they just won. They imposed the Sugar Act and the Stamp Act, taxing sugar and all paper goods, respectively. It was the start of resistance as locals opposed the Stamp Act and was repealed. Colonists brought their celebration to the Boston Common then, and again at the end of the Revolutionary War. Ever since, it has opened up the field for protest. Martin Luther King Jr. brought the civil rights movement on its manicured lawns. Later on, voices echoed into the boundless skies against American involvement in the Vietnam War. These days, picnics and buskers are all you’ll see and the Boston Common is where to be to witness local life in full.

139 Tremont Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Massachusetts State House

Boston, United States • Recommendation • 10 months ago

Perched up on Beacon Hill, across the street from the Boston Common, the Massachusetts State House has been the seat of government to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts since 1798. Ascend the stairs, follow the red brick trail, and a pillared building topped by a golden dome rises to greet you. Continue inside, to where the Office of the Governor and the General Court (comprised of the Senate and House of Representatives) have been running the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for centuries. Important statues, historic frescoes, and stained glass fill the marbled halls—every detail tells the city’s story. To this day, the Office of the Governor, the Massachusetts Senate, and House of Representatives still hold office in the State House. Call ahead to reserve a tour (free of charge) as they welcome tourists on weekdays, any time between 10:00AM and 3:30PM.


24 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Park Street Church

Boston, United States • Recommendation • 10 months ago

In the early days of Boston, around 1814, travelers coming in on their ships could see the piercing steeple of Park Street Church. In many ways, the church was a beacon of hope—in their sharing of the Christian faith and also later on as Abolitionists against slavery. William Lloyd Garrison, a prominent American Abolitionist, delivered his first anti-slavery address here in 1829 at the age of 24. It was a major point that began Garrison’s lifelong mission to emancipate slaves, as he moved on to write fervently on the issue. He was almost 60 when he saw the end to slavery in 1865. To date, Park Street is still keeping at serving the community. They’ve helped launch a school, they conduct outreaches and weekly worship services. Anyone is welcome to attend their 8:00AM, 11:00AM, and 4:00PM Sunday service. Just observe church decorum and dress accordingly (avoid shorts, revealing tops, or open shoes). Tourists from the Freedom Trail are accommodated Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30AM to 3:00PM.


1 Park Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Benjamin Franklin Statue (Boston Latin School Original Site)

Boston, United States • Recommendation • 9 months ago

Massachusetts’ own history is marked by two things: the struggle to break free from British interference and the moulding of the country’s great minds. To date, there are 52 institutions of higher learning in Boston. The Boston Latin School was the first public school, not just in Boston but in America. Whether you were the son of a gentleman or a working man, you had access to an education. Five students at the school would eventually rise up as the budding nation’s leaders and thinkers: Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, and William Hooper. These men signed the Declaration of Independence. The original school house was torn down in 1745, but a statue of Benjamin Franklin stands in its place. Benjamin Franklin is a prominent figure in American history as one of the Founding Fathers. He dropped out of Boston Latin School due to finances, but Benjamin still went on to become an inventor, a statesman, and a diplomat—among many other things. The list of achievements go on: he aided in the repeal of the Stamp Act, he invented the lightning rod, he helped in drafting the Declaration of Independence, and so on.

45 School Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Old South Meeting House

Boston, United States • Recommendation • 9 months ago

Sit in the pews of the Old South Meeting House where, in December of 1773, 5,000 colonists decided the fate of America. Would they bear with the unfair taxes imposed by the British crown or would they rise up against it? Colonists believed “no taxation without representation,” meaning if they did not have a voice in the British Parliament, then they would oppose the empire’s sanctioned taxes. Three ships, filled with 30 tons worth of tea from China, docked at Boston. The cargo by the British East India Company would be exempt from taxes, unlike the imported tea sold by colonists. This prompted a meeting because local merchants were in a perilous position. The potential monopoly would mean a loss of income. When Samuel Adams, a statesman, said “This meeting can do nothing more to save the country,” it triggered a monumental moment in history: the Boston Tea Party. The Sons of Liberty, revolutionaries, dumped the crates of tea into the water. This was a catalyst to the Revolutionary War to come, spurring on a back-and-forth between the British Empire and colonists. The rest, as they say, is history.


310 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Old State House

Boston, United States • Recommendation • 9 months ago

Coming up after the Old South Meeting House, the original State House parks stubbornly in the midst of towering office buildings. At over 300 years of age, the Old State House was the original venue for the Massachusetts General Court before they moved to the Massachusetts State House in 1798. An independent spirit sparked here when local lawyer, James Otis, campaigned against British policies. He is famously quoted for the words, “Taxation without representation is tyranny.” It is only fitting that the Declaration of Independence was first read to the people of Boston here on July 18, 1776, as it signalled a new era for the emerging nation. Browse through a miscellany of items that have survived through the tides of time: arms from the Battle of Lexington and Bunker Hill, the suit of the first governor of Massachusetts, and tea saved from the Boston Tea Party’s lost crates. Just outside, a cobblestone ring remembers the civilian casualties of the Boston Massacre.


206 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Faneuil Hall

Boston, United States • Recommendation • 9 months ago

Follow the narrow red lane further down the street and Faneuil Hall readily welcomes you. The hall is always busy with visitors and performers in the area. Shops and restaurants draw crowds on the daily, but looking back to its history, there is more than meets the eye. Recall the Stamp Act mentioned earlier as it was at Faneuil Hall where locals first protested the tax, along with the Sugar Act and other British policies. It was, and still is, a fertile ground for discourse. The brick building has resounded with questions on slavery, women’s suffrage, and labor following the years of the Revolutionary War. It is because of this that Faneuil Hall is also known as “The Cradle of Liberty” or “The Home of Free Speech.”


4 Market Steet, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Paul Revere House

Boston, United States • Recommendation • 9 months ago

“The British are coming!” This line may never have been said as we know it, but the man behind it is very much real. He is Paul Revere—a patriot, silversmith, and Freemason. Pay a visit to his humble abode, where he lived with his mother and nine of his children (he had 16 in total). He led an interesting life, dabbling in business, art, the military, and espionage. Paul Revere is most famous as the man who rode through the night, warning the towns that the British Army was coming—an event that ignited the Revolutionary War. Historians peg Revere’s actual words closer to “The Regulars are coming out!” since, the local colony still referred to themselves as British, too, at the time. The Paul Revere House tells the tale, not just of one man, but of home life in 17th and 18th century Boston. Setting foot into the house is a step into a simple home that lived to see through extraordinary times.


19 North Square, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Bunker Hill Monument

Boston, United States • Recommendation • 9 months ago

With the Revolutionary War underway, Boston saw its first battle. The Battle of Bunker Hill was one that set the tone for the entire war. The patriots were severely out of an advantage, running out of ammo, but still put up a worthy fight against the British troops. Far less Americans died that day, but their valiant service is still immortalized in a piercing granite monument. The Bunker Hill Monument lies in the middle of a lush, green park. For a little more realism, head to the Bunker Hill Museum right across the street to see artifacts from the war up close. Then, take your time here and contemplate that fateful day.

Monument Square, Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA

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USS Constitution

Boston, United States • Recommendation • 9 months ago

We end our pilgrimage on The Freedom Trail at the USS Constitution. Climb aboard this historic warship (called a frigate), where the masts loom high into the sky and the canons still look poised for battle. Before being docked at the harbor, the frigate traveled the West Indies (Caribbean), Brazil, and Africa. It fought in a war against pirates, where it earned a legendary reputation. Instead of being pierced by the cannon balls hurled against it, the heavy ammo bounced right off its sides. Our friend from earlier, Paul Revere, also had a hand in its construction as he smithed the copper fastenings. Now, the USS Constitution is a water-faring attraction that lends a peek into life at sea.

Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 24, Charlestown, Massachusetts, USA

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