History in Boston

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Boston has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to historical resources. From libraries and museums to landmarks and buildings

Walking Trails

Art Museums

Historical Museums

Historic Houses

Churches

Cemetaries

Public Monuments

Libraries

Outdoor Places

Outside of Boston

 

Walking Trails

Freedom Trail
http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/

Women’s Heritage Trail
http://bwht.org/

Black Heritage Trail
http://www.afroammuseum.org/trail.htm

Art Museums

Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)
http://www.mfa.org/

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
http://www.gardnermuseum.org/

Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)
http://www.icaboston.org/

Historical Museums

The U.S.S. Constitution
http://www.ussconstitutionmuseum.org/

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
http://www.bostonteapartyship.com/

Old State House
http://www.bostonhistory.org/?s=osh

Peabody Museum, Cambridge
https://www.peabody.harvard.edu/

MA State House
http://www.cityofboston.gov/freedomtrail/massachusettshouse.asp

Faneuil Hall
http://www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/info/history

Museum of African American History
http://www.afroammuseum.org/index.htm

Historic Houses

Paul Revere House
http://www.paulreverehouse.org/

Otis House
http://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-properties/homes/otis-house/otis-house

Nichols House Museum
http://www.nicholshousemuseum.org/

Churches

Old North Church
http://www.oldnorth.com/

King’s Chapel
http://www.kings-chapel.org/

Old South Church
http://www.oldsouth.org/

Old South Meeting House
http://www.oldsouthmeetinghouse.org/default.aspx

Old West Church
http://oldwestchurch.org/

Trinity Church
http://trinitychurchboston.org/

Church of Saint John the Evangelist
http://stjev.org/

Park St Church
http://www.parkstreet.org/

Cemeteries

Granary Burial Ground
http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/freedom-trail/granary-burying-ground.shtml

King’s Chapel Burial Ground
http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/freedom-trail/kings-chapel-buring-ground.shtml

Copp’s Hill Burial Ground
http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/freedom-trail/copps-hill-burying-gournd.shtml

Mount Auburn Cemetery
http://www.mountauburn.org/

Libraries

Boston Public Library
http://www.bpl.org/

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
http://www.jfklibrary.org/

New England Historic Genealogy Society
http://www.americanancestors.org/home.html

Boston Anthenaeum
http://www.bostonathenaeum.org/

Outdoor Places

Boston Commons
http://www.cityofboston.gov/parks/emerald/boston_common.asp

Boston Public Gardens & the Swan Boats
http://www.cityofboston.gov/Parks/emerald/public_garden.asp

Bunker Hill Monument
http://www.nps.gov/bost/historyculture/bhm.htm

George’s Island & Fort Warren
http://www.bostonharborislands.org/georges

Castle Island & Fort Independence
http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/metroboston/castle.htm

Boston Harbor Islands
http://www.bostonharborislands.org/

Arnold Arboretum
http://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/

Outside of Boston but still easy to get to

SALEM

House of Seven Gables
http://www.7gables.org/

Salem Witch Museum
http://www.salemwitchmuseum.com/

Peabody Essex Museum
http://www.pem.org/

Salem Maritime National Park
http://www.nps.gov/sama/index.htm

The Burying Point
The Jonathan Cronin House i.e. the Witch House

http://www.salemweb.com/witchhouse/

Phillips House
http://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-properties/homes/phillips-house

The Pickering House
The Salem Museum

http://www.thesalemmuseum.org/

PLYMOUTH

Pilgrim Memorial State Park- site of Plymouth Rock
http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/southeast/plgm.htm

The Mayflower
http://www.plimoth.org/what-see-do/mayflower-ii

Plimoth Plantation
http://www.plimoth.org/

LEXINGTON

Minute Man National Park (site of the Battle of Lexington & Concord)
http://www.nps.gov/mima/index.htm

CONCORD

Walden Pond
http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/walden/

Lousia May Alcott's house: The Orchard House
http://www.louisamayalcott.org/

Author’s Ridge in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
http://www.concordma.gov/pages/concordma_cemetery/sleepy

Concord Museum
http://www.concordmuseum.org/

Drinking Gourd Project
http://drinkinggourdproject.org/

The Old Manse
http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/greater-boston/old-manse.html

Ralph Waldo Emerson House
http://www.rwe.org/

QUINCY

Adams National Park- John Adams and John Quincy Adams homes

HINGHAM

Old Ship Church
http://oldshipchurch.org/index.shtml

The Old Ordinary
http://www.hinghamhistorical.org/oldordinary.html