Freedom Trail

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Special markers implanted in the sidewalk denote the stops along the Freedom Trail
Freedom Trail
Established 1951
Location Boston, Massachusetts
Designation National Millennium Trail
Trailheads Boston Common to USS Constitution in Charlestown
Use Walking, History
Hiking details
Trail difficulty easy
Sights 16 historical sites
Surface brick
Website www.thefreedomtrail.org
Freedom Trail marker through a red brick sidewalk
Freedom Trail next to Faneuil Hall

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long (4.0 km) red path through downtown Boston, Massachusetts that passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the United States. Marked largely with brick, it winds between Boston Common to the USS Constitution in Charlestown. Stops along the trail include simple explanatory ground markers, graveyards, notable churches and buildings, and a historic naval frigate. While most of the sites are free or suggest donations, 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."[1] and is supported in part by the Freedom Trail Foundation[2] and Boston National Historical Park.

The Freedom Trail was originally conceived by local journalist William Schofield, who in 1951 suggested building a pedestrian trail to link together important local 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, give out 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]

Members of the Boy Scouts of America who hike or camp along the Freedom Trail may be eligible for the Historic Trails Award.[5]

Official trail sites[edit]

  1. Boston Common
  2. Massachusetts State House
  3. Park Street Church
  4. Granary Burying Ground
  5. King's Chapel
  6. King's Chapel Burying Ground
  7. Benjamin Franklin statue and former site of Boston Latin School
  8. Old Corner Bookstore
  9. Old South Meeting House
  10. Old State House
  11. Site of the Boston Massacre
  12. Faneuil Hall
  13. Paul Revere House
  14. Old North Church
  15. Copp's Hill Burying Ground
  16. Bunker Hill Monument
  17. USS Constitution

The Black Heritage Trail crosses the Freedom Trail between the Massachusetts State House and Park Street Church.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Freedom Trail". City of Boston. Retrieved November 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ The Freedom Trail Foundation website
  3. ^ O'Connor, Thomas H. (1993), Building a new Boston: politics and urban renewal, 1950-1970, Boston: Northeastern University Press, ISBN 1-55553-161-X, 155553161X 
  4. ^ Alfred F. Young (21 Mar 2004), "The Trouble with the Freedom Trail", Boston Globe 
  5. ^ "The Freedom Trail". Boston Minuteman Council. Retrieved 2010-07-04. 

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Coordinates: 42°21′35.85″N 71°3′24.32″W / 42.3599583°N 71.0567556°W / 42.3599583; -71.0567556