"The little city on the river" Charlestown Tip by mikey_e
Charlestown, Boston: 10 reviews and 31 photos
Charlestown is a great little city incorporated in Boston, across the river from North End. It was, in fact, the first capital of the Colony of Massachusetts and was founded in 1628. In 1847 it was incorporated as a city and recently absorbed into Boston. Charlestown?s historic character is quite evident from the core set of buildings around the Bunker Hill Monument and leading down toward the Navy Yard. The houses are preserved in that sort of typical wooden-slat style that I have come to associate almost exclusively with the North-Eastern United States (although I?m sure it?s probably common elsewhere, and in many areas it?s a sign of less than sturdy building materials being used). In all, there few blocks around the Bunker Hill Monument are quite picturesque, including the old firehall. It?s hard to believe that this area has a seedy underbelly, once synonymous with the Irish mob ? maybe that means you should only plan to visit during the day!
Directions: On the north side of the Charles River
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