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Operated by the National Park Service, this is a walking tour of Boston's 19th-century African-American history. Tthe Black Heritage Trail focuses on the emerging free black community of the 1800s and their leading efforts in the Abolition Movement...more
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Interesting to learn the history of African Americans in Boston, especially in relation to Beacon Hill. The 54th regiment Memorial is directly across from the State House (think the movie Glory) so it’s easy to add this trail onto the Freedom Trail. The trail ended...More
We gathered at the appointed hour of 13.00 at this the appointed place just by the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial which is in the corner of Beacon Hill Park just over the road from the State House. On this occasion this free tour was being...More
Don’t waste your time looking for an unmarked trail. Go directly to the Charles Meeting House or Lewis and Harriet Hayden house. You can meet up with a guide who will guide you on a unmarked trail and share historical facts about the African-American struggle...More
This was a great disappointment ! We had lots of time and so set out on this heritage trail but though the neighbourhoods through which we wandered were interesting (for us Brits) the complete lack of plaques or indeed any type of information en route...More
The one and half mile walking tour around Beacon Hill in Boston is spread between 54th regiment/R G Shaw memorial and Abiel Smith school. Halfway is the Charles street Meeting House and Lewis and Harriet Hayden house.
The history of Boston is full of amazing stories about the African-American experience here, from slavery to the abolitionist movement and beyond. We learned how Massachusetts came to abolish slavery in 1783, but also how it set the precedent for "separate but equal". The tour...More
We did self-guided tour, picked up the map and info from the Abiel Smith School (oldest African-American school!), which is next door to the Meeting House-both should be entered.
Each historic site on the trail was a powerful reminder of the amazing African Americans who...More
Having done the Freedom Trail a couple of times, I was interested in going on this trail. I went early on a Saturday morning. It isn't marked with bricks like the other trail, so you need a map to find the sites. There are some...More
The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have
your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.