Boston - Freedom Trail Photo Gallery

The Freedom Trail is a national recreation trail that passes many of Boston's historical sites. Beginning at Boston Common and ending at the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown, the trail is marked by red bricks or granite stones paved on the sidewalk or a red line painted on the street. There are a total of 23 historic attractions along the trail.
State House
  • Designed by Charles Bullfinch, a Boston native who studied architecture in England, the building's central section features an arched brick portico supporting Corinthian columns. A cornice, balustrade, pediment, stunning golden dome and cupola finish the building. The golden dome is Boston's mile 0.
  • Park Street Church
  • The church was built in 1809 on the site of the town granary, which was removed after State House was completed. This white-steepled church saw the launch of William Garrison's crusade against slavery from the pulpit in 1829 and Samuel Smith's hymn 'America' was first sung here in 1832.
  • Around Tremont Street
  • Tremont Temple
  • King's Chapel
  • In the 1600s, King James II ordered that an Anglican church be built in the colony. The Puritans refused to sell land for its constructions, so the governor seized a portion of the adjacent burial ground in 1687 to build this granite church. George Washington sat in the Governor's pew in his 1789 visit.
  • Old City Hall
  • Located on School Street, this building was constructed in 1864 in the French Empire style and served as Boston's 3rd city hall until 1969.
  • Old State House
  • Once the town's grandest edifice, now it is surrounded by tall skyscrapers. The lower floor originally was a merchant's exchange. It was a meeting place of the Massachusetts Assembly, Court of Suffolk County, and the Boston town government.
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Like the Old South Meeting House, Faneuil Hall was the scene of gatherings protesting English controls over the colonies, such as the Sugar Act. Prosperous merchant Peter Faneuil donated the building to the city in 1742, when it dominated the waterfront.
  • A statue of Samuel Adams, the 'organizer of the Revolution', stands in front of the hall.
  • Quincy Market
  • Constructed in 1825, the market features a domed central pavilion and Greek porticoes. For about 150 years it served as a retail and wholesale distribution center for meat and produce. Today, the market is a major tourist attraction consisting of 3 long buildings - Quincy, North, and South Market.
  • North End

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