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.