In a city as full of historical sites and famous events as Boston, it can be hard to pick and choose what to see, particularly if you are in town for a short time on business or staying in furnished apartments. We’ve curated a special trip, consisting of pre-revolutionary and revolutionary locations, to give you the opportunity to visit these oft-overlooked historical gems.
The Old State House, est. 1713. This is the oldest public building in Boston, and started as a municipal center for governing. The Old State House is now a museum of statuary and architecture; the building also houses historical maps, records, photographs, and books which document both the Revolutionary War period and Boston’s growth.
Faneuil Hall, est 1742. One of the first, and certainly the oldest, extant marketplaces and meeting halls in Boston, Faneuil Hall was designed by Benjamin Franklin and associates. It currently houses shops, an eatery, a meeting room, and the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts Museum and Armory.
King’s Chapel, est. 1754. Still an active worship site with a thriving congregation, King’s Chapel began as an Anglican Church in a town of Puritans. Later it became one of the first Unitarian churches in America. Guided and self-guided tours are available.
Museum of African American History, est. 1806. The African Meeting House hosted abolitionists, held anti-slavery meetings, and recruited Civil War troops. As the oldest black church still standing in the US, this museum enshrines the story of civil rights from its very beginnings.
Public Garden, est. 1837. The country’s first public botanical garden was established two centuries after Boston Common. While Boston Common had a utilitarian function, the Public Garden was decorative, and that has been maintained to the present with an emphasis on aesthetics and natural beauty.
The Children’s Museum, est. 1913. As the second oldest children’s museum in the US, Boston’s Children’s Museum was originally designed to supplement public school science education. Now exhibits include visual art, multiculturalism, climbing, theater, literacy, and STEM programming. Please note this museum is only for children or adults accompanied by children.
If you’re in Boston for any period of time, in any season, for any reason, take advantage of the myriad opportunities to experience and interact with the history of the US. To take advantage of the resources Churchill Living offers for short and long term furnished rentals in Boston, visit our website.