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Faneuil Hall - Quincy Market, Boston: 90 reviews and 183 photos


<b><font color=darkred size=3>Faneuil Hall</b></font>
Merchant Peter Faneuil built this building in 1742 and donated it to the town. It was enlarged in 1806. For over 250 years the first floor has served as a marketplace and the second floor as an open forum meeting hall. Because of the protests against the British taxation policies voiced here during the 1760's, the meeting hall is dubbed the 'Cradle of Liberty'. The fourth floor houses the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company Museum. Faneuil Hall itself doesn't appear particularly majestic from the outside; it's simply a small, four-story brick building topped with a Georgian spire. The structure once housed an open-air market on its first floor and a space for political meetings on its second, a juxtaposition that inspired local poet Francis Hatch to pen the lines, *Here orators in ages past / Have mounted their attacks, / Undaunted by the proximity / Of sausage on the racks.* Faneuil Hall was where revolutionary firebrands such as Samuel Adams and James Otis whipped up popular support for independence by protesting British tax legislation. The first floor now houses tourist shops and fast food places that make for a less than dignified memorial; you'll also find an information desk and a post office. The auditorium on the second floor has been preserved to reflect modifications made by Charles Bulfinch in 1805, the focal point being a massive - and rather preposterous - canvas depicting an imagined scene of Daniel Webster speaking in Faneuil Hall as a range of luminaries from Washington to de Tocqueville look on.
During the War of 1812, folks in Beantown who were suspected of being spies were asked what flew atop Faneuil Hall as a weathervane. Those who knew it was a grasshopper were trusted as true Bostonians; those who didn't were regarded with suspicion, and sometimes even decapitated.

Address: 4 S Market St., Boston, MA 02109
Directions: Faneuil Hall is located adjacent to the Quincy Market building. Government Center or State Street T.
othercontact: Daily 9am-5pm; free.
Phone: 617-523-1300
Website: http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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