Boston, Massachusetts audio tour: Freedom Trail Audio Tour, from Boston Common to Granary Burial Ground

Freedom Trail Audio Tour, from Boston Common to Granary Burial Ground

Walking Tour

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75 mins
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1.8mi

About the Tour

Go beyond Revolutionary War history books with this self-guided Freedom Trail walking tour.

As you walk along the 1.5 mile route from the Massachusetts State House to Boston’s oldest standing structure, the Paul Revere House, I’ll point out important historical landmarks like the Boston Common, and tell you how it became entangled in America’s first fraudulent land transaction.

I’ll guide you through the Granary Burial Ground to the graves of some of America’s forefathers, where you’ll hear about Paul Revere and his 13 successful careers, John Hancock and the trouble caused by his love of Madeira wine, and Samuel Adams who may or may not have committed financial fraud as the town’s tax collector.

I’ll show you the Omni Parker House Hotel and introduce you to famous former guests like legendary Victorian writer, Charles Dickens, and presidential assassin, John Wilkes Booth. I’ll also share a story or two about some of the hotel’s former employees which included Malcolm X and Ho Chi Minh.

By the end of the tour, you’ll know the answers to questions like:

• Why did the Puritans establish the nation’s first public school?
• Which of Paul Revere’s many rides is considered his greatest accomplishment?
• Why was the King’s Chapel built on top of a cemetery?
• Was a medical degree necessary to be a coroner in Massachusetts in the 1700s?
• How was Fort Wagner, the site of two of the Civil War battles, connected to Boston?
• Who did Abraham Lincoln call “the little woman that started this big war”?
• Why was Bill Clinton refused service at a bakery in the North End of Boston?

With every step of this tour, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of how America won its freedom, established democracy, and created its constitution.

Give yourself 75 minutes to complete the tour, or longer if you’d like to enjoy any of the 87 Italian restaurants in the North End.

Tour Producer

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Mitch Lapin

Over the last ten years, my concentration has been historical walking tours of Boston, MIT, Harvard, and The Battle Road from Lexington to Concord. I have a degree in education and subsequent Paralegal certificates. As a United States National Archives volunteer, I transcribe historical documents online. Additionally, I am a volunteer photographer for Find A Grave Foundation in service to genealogists and family members. Some of my genealogical research reaches back to 1630, the beginning of the Great Migration.

Additionally I am a fully vetted and licensed transportation worker for the Town of Lexington and TSA.

People seem curious about my accent. I spent my first twenty-five years in Philadelphia. We generally accent the last syllable even when the emphasis is not needed. Consequently, many people believe I am from the boroughs of NYC. After five decades in Massachusetts, my accent gives away a clue to my roots.

May I guide you on a tour of the Freedom Trail of historic Boston, emphasizing John Hancock, Sam Adams, and the fourteen unique endeavors of Paul Revere?

We look forward to hearing from you or answering any additional questions through our website or [email protected]

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Major Landmarks

  • Massachusetts State House

  • The Boston Common

  • Granary Burial Ground

  • Tremont Temple Parker House Hotel

  • Kings Chapel

  • Old City Hall

  • Old State House

  • Faneuil Hall

  • Old North Church

  • Pall Revere Park

  • Paul Revere home and Museum

Directions to Starting Point

Our tour begins below the State House Dome at the highest point in Boston and works its way down to the harbor. The State House sits at the top of the Boston Common at 24 Beacon and Park Street. The Green and Red lines have a Park Street stop at the foot of the Common. Walk uphill to the statehouse.

The Boston Common garage lies under the Common. Underground parking tops off at $18 for a full day. Exit the garage and walk uphill to the State House visible from any corner.

Our tour ends 1.7 miles later at the Paul Revere Museum in the North End, a/k/a Little Italy. Quincy Market and the heart of Boston is two minutes away.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

If you are thirsty, stop at Sam Adams brewery tucked under a plateau on the opposite side of Faneuil Hall.
On the second floor of Faneuil Hall is one of the largest paintings in America, 30 x 10 feet of Daniel Webster speaking to John Calhoun. Prior to the covid pandemic, park rangers did a fantastic 15-minute talk on the Constitution. Save Quincy Market for the end of the tour but enjoy a slice of Regina's Pizza and clam chowder at the Oyster bar. Local political color and fresh seafood with a flair can be purchased downstairs at the Salty Dog or calmly enjoyed upstairs: situated at the front of Quincy Market that abuts Faneuil Hall.

Recommended restaurants in the Italian North End are Antico Forno, 93 Salem Street. Mother Anna's, 211 Hanover Street, closest to the Rose Kennedy Greenway and Luccia's across from the Paul Revere Park at 417 Hanover Street; the best spicy seafood and most unusual ceiling portraits. For an old-world taste and demeanor try to find Bricco Salumeria's pastry shop 11 Broad Alley between Cross and Richmond Streets.

Best time of day

10:30 and 1:30 are the best times of the day. Some National Park Service sites are closed Monday and at 4:00. During November/December sunsets at 4:00 prox.

Precautions

Most stops comply with the American Disability Act. The Granary Burial Ground, stop 5, has three steps up to navigate. Wheelchairs or strollers should do well in all other stops and walks. The steps at the actual Boston Massacre site, stop 23, can be circumnavigated by reversing course on State Street, turning right on Congress Street, and approaching the front of Faneuil Hall at ground level.

Comments

Having been to Boston several times I thought I knew a lot of the history however Mitch provided great nuggets of information relating to Boston, Paul revere, Faneuil hall and many other places along his tour.I highly recommend this 75 minute tour.

Posted by Greg , 16 days ago

Hi Greg, a very interesting and indirect look at the run up to the Revolution can be read in Ian Williams book "Rum, A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776." It started well before the Sugar Tax with molasses the by-product of sugar cane harvesting. Its a deep look at Boston, Rum, tobacco, politics, slave runners and privateers.

Posted by Mitch , 16 days ago

Tour was very informative and fun. Great walking route and excellent historical information. Im surprised to learn that Sam adams may have been an embezzler.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 3 months ago

Thank you for your comment. In the future we will be adding additional self-guided tours of Boston and Lexington, covering the American Revolution and Boston's contribution to the American Civil War.

Posted by Mitch , 3 months ago

I enjoyed this tour very much. He provided in-depth historical information on the founding fathers.

Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 3 months ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.
Freedom Trail Audio Tour, from Boston Common to Granary Burial Ground