"Old State House" Freedom Trail Tip by smschley

Freedom Trail, Boston: 125 reviews and 208 photos


Built in 1713, it was called the Town House, the court of the provisional governor, City Hall, and in time became the statehouse of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This is also the site where you will find the landmark for the Boston Massacre, which took place March 5, 1770 and where five Patriots were killed. A circle of cobblestone depicts the original site. Check out my Travelogue for a picture of this monument.

Prominent are the lion and unicorn statues, symbols of royal authority, positioned on the gables. These figures were torn down during the celebration of America's independence, and restored in 1882.

Today the Old State House has become a museum and historic study; it also provides an entrance to the State Street subway stop. The Old State House's shallow foundation provided an area for the subway stops to be stacked beneath it, without having to dig beneath the far deeper foundations of the surrounding buildings

Directions: Washington and State Streets.
Phone: +1 617-357-8300
Website: http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/

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  • Written Feb 26, 2005
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