Boston Freedom Trail Walk

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long (4.0 km) path[1] through Boston that passes by 17 locations significant to the history of the United States, marked largely with brick. It winds from Boston Common in downtown Boston, to the Old North Church in the North End and the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. Stops along the trail include simple explanatory ground markers, graveyards, notable churches and buildings, and a historic naval frigate. Most of the sites are free or suggest donations, although the Old South Meeting House, the Old State House, and the Paul Revere House charge admission. The Freedom Trail is overseen by the City of Boston’s Freedom Trail Commission[2] and is supported in part by grants from various non-profit organizations and foundations, private philanthropy, and Boston National Historical Park.

The Freedom Trail was conceived by journalist William Schofield in 1951, who suggested building a pedestrian trail to link important landmarks. Boston mayor John Hynes decided to put Schofield’s idea into action. By 1953, 40,000 people were walking the trail annually.[3]

The National Park Service operates a visitor’s center on the first floor of Faneuil Hall, where they offer tours, provide free maps of the Freedom Trail and other historic sites, and sell books about Boston and United States history.

Some observers have noted the tendency of the Freedom Trail’s narrative frame to omit certain historical locations, such as the sites of the Boston Tea Party and the Liberty Tree.[4]

Places to visit on the boston Freedom Trail

  1. Boston Common 139 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02111  (Starting Point for Freedom trail walk)
  2. Massachusetts State House
  3. Park Street Church
  4. Granary Burying Ground
  5. King’s Chapel & Burying Ground
  6. Boston Latin School Site/Benjamin Franklin Statue
  7. Old Corner Bookstore
  8. Boston Massacre Site
  9. Boston Holocaust Memorial
  10. Old State House
  11. Faneuil Hall
  12. Paul Revere House
  13. Old North Church
  14. Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
  15. USS Constitution
  16. Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

 

Page Updated on  10/9/2023