An essential part of the Freedom Trail, built in 1713 in the Georgian style, the Old State House does stand dwarfed amongst the skyscrapers of the financial district. But there’s lots of history packed in this small building. This is the site of the historic 1776 reading of the Declaration of Independence. Right in front of the Old State House is Devonshire Street, the site of the 1770 Boston Massacre. This building has at separate times served as the seat of the Massachusetts State Government and as Boston’s City Hall. Before its current status as a historical museum, it had also been let out for commercial use.
In its current form, the Old State House is the absolute gem of the Freedom Trail. The information gathered here is sufficient to set the stage for the historical exploration of the city. The admission tickets are also informative and let you be a character from the Revolution, either a Loyalist or a Patriot, and you learn a lot about them as well. For example, whether they would have had access to the “public viewing” area of the Old State House, who some of the people in their social network were, etc. If you are lucky you could get to see a Revolutionary character talking about himself, and life and events in Boston in a particular year. They are very good with their history and answer all questions very knowledgably. The experience is totally worth it.
While visiting the Old State House you could opt for a guided tour or take a tour yourself. The Old State House tours and Revolutionary Boston tours are free with admission. If you’d like to get a further feel of history, you could opt for the Boston Massacre tours. Each tour is a fantastic way to experience the history of this place.
Interesting artifacts, and beautiful art – the Old State House has something to interest everyone. The interactive displays and hands-on history have made it one of the most popular stops on the Freedom trail. The Old State House celebrates its 300th anniversary this year and it would be a good idea to check on the special events and exhibits before your visit.