Boston served as the cradle of liberty for the thirteen colonies who gained their independence from Great Britain in 1783. Some of the most famous protests of the American Revolution occurred in Boston: The Stamp Act riots (1765), the Boston Massacre (1770), the Boston Tea Party (1773), and the Battle of Bunker Hill (1775). Discover how the thirteen colonies began their quest for independence by taking the “Boston: Cradle of Liberty” 3 hour walk in the company of a historian.
We begin at the edge of Boston Common across from the Park Street Church. After a brief meet-and-greet, your knowledgeable guide will provide a brief introduction to the history of Boston and the American Revolution. Together you will walk to the Granary Burying Ground, the third oldest burying ground in Boston and the resting place of Patriots John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and James Otis (among others). A short walk from the Granary will bring you to the King’s Chapel, the former-Anglican church where many Loyalists once worshiped. You will also explore the history of the Old South Meeting House and its role in the Boston Tea Party. Next, the Old State House located near the site of the Boston Massacre, and Faneuil Hall, the site of Boston’s market and town meetings, still echoing with the debates that spurred the first Revolution in the modern world.
The Blackstone Block will allow you to see and feel what 18th-century Boston looked like as will Paul Revere’s house, which dates to 1680. After a brief stop at the former site of Governor Thomas Hutchinson’s House, site of the August 25, 1765 Stamp Act riot, you will see the Old North Church where sexton Robert Newman hung a lantern for Paul Revere’s famouse “midnight ride” in April 1775. From Copp’s Hill Burying Ground you can survey the geography of the Boston and discover why the British placed cannons upon it, which they used to bombard the Patriots during the Battle of Bunker Hill. The tour will conclude at the Bunker Hill Monument, which sit atop Breed’s Hill, the site of the Battle of Bunker Hill, the battle which – even in defeat with massive casualties – decidedly convinced popular opinion in the Colonies that they had a chance to stand against the British.