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Travel Tips For Boston History: 7 Places to Visit For History Buffs on Vacation

By    |   Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 07:43 PM

Much of the founding of America was based in Boston. Travel tips for history buffs on  vacation there wouldn’t be complete without considering many historical sites.

Here are just seven places you can visit for a glimpse into American history.

1. The Bunker Hill Monument in the Charlestown district is a tribute to the colonial forces that fought the first major battle of the American Revolution. The battle of Bunker Hill actually took place on Breed’s Hill, a lower area near Bunker Hill, on June 17, 1775.

The British won the battle, but suffered terrible losses, giving incentive to American soldiers to carry on with the Revolution. A 221-foot obelisk stands atop Breed’s Hill where visitors can climb the 294 steps.

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2. Faneuil Hall was a key to the start of the American Revolution because patriots held many public meetings there. Samuel Adams gave an inspiring speech at the hall after the Boston Massacre that took many American lives and led to cries of fighting the British. A meeting was held at the hall in November 1773 to protest the imposed tea tax and to prevent the landing of tea. Faneuil Hall has been called, “the cradle of liberty.”

3. It was at the Old South Meeting House in Downtown Boston where 5,000 citizens and members of the Sons of Liberty decided once again to stop the landing of tea into the harbor. Another meeting of 7,000 citizens was held on Dec. 16, 1773, the night when a group of protestors, disguised as Native Americans, marched to ships at Griffin’s Wharf and tossed the tea overboard in what became known as the Boston Tea Party.

4. The house once belonging to Paul Revere still stands at the North End. Revere had left the home on April 18, 1775, to warn citizens that the British were coming during his famous ride. The house is the oldest building in downtown Boston and has become a national landmark.

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Visitors can tour the USS Constitution in Charlestown. There is also a museum located near the ship. The USS Constitution earned the nickname Old Ironsides after never losing a battle during the War of 1812. It received major renovation work in 1996.

6. For travel tips that include pleasure and history, a day at Castle Island provides a lot of fun. Located in South Boston, the island holds the granite bastion of Fort Independence built in 1850. Visitors can enjoy free tours of the fort and also take in the beach, bike paths, and fishing grounds nearby.

7. The Boston Public Library was completed in 1895 and has become a research library for students, historians and people who love books. The library also offers art and architecture tours. The huge library has beautiful murals and plenty of books to learn about history while in Boston.

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Much of the founding of America was based in Boston. Travel tips for history buffs on vacation there wouldn’t be complete without considering many historical sites. Here are just seven places you can visit for a glimpse into American history.
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