Established in 1848, the Boston Public Library is the oldest publicly supported municipal library in the United States. It is the first library to allow its patrons to remove books from the facility to read at home. It remains one of the largest public libraries in the U.S. The McKim building, pictured here, opened in 1895.
The Custom House Tower
The Custom House was originally established near the waterfront in the 17th-century and has had multiple incarnations since then. The current building was constructed in 1849 and the tower was added in 1915, making it the first skyscraper in Boston. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Copps Hill Burying Ground
Originally established in 1659 as the North Burying Ground, Copps Hill Burying Ground is the second oldest cemetery in Boston. It is located just down the street from the Old North Church, and holds the graves of many notable members of Boston's Colonial era.
Cemetery headstone grouping
Burials ranging from 1739 to 1784 in a small section of the Copps Hill Burying Ground.
Historic Quincy Market
Built between 1824 and 1826 near the waterfront, the Quincy Market was the primary produce/foodstuffs marketplace in Boston until the 1970s when the Faneuil Hall Marketplace opened.
Old Massachusetts State House
Built in 1713, it is the oldest surviving building in Boston. The Boston Massacre took place in front of the Old State House on March 5, 1770; a cobblestone marker on the street marks the exact location of the skirmish.
New Massachusetts State House
The New State House was built in 1798, replacing the Old State House. The dome has undergone several makeovers and the current gold leaf dome was finished in 1874.
Park Street Church, near the Boston Common
Established in 1809 and located next to the historic Granary Burial Ground, Park Street Church is one of the many stops on the Freedom Trail. Among its many pastors was Edward Beecher, a well-known abolishonist and brother to Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin'.
Stylish Beacon Hill houses
Beacon Hill is one of Boston's most recognizable historic neighbourhoods. Most Beacon Hill homes were built during the 19th-century in the Federal style. The area remains one of the most expersive and desirable resdential areas in Boston.
Sailors and Soldiers monument in the Boston Common
This Neo-Classical monument was designed by Martin Milmore. It was dedicated on September 17, 1877 to the memory of the Massachusetts soldiers and sailors that lost their lives during the Civil War.
Boston Public Garden, site of a former salt marsh
This 24-acre park, situated in the heart of Boston and adjacent to the Boston Common, was built in 1862 on one of the many salt marshes bordering the city. Now a National Historic Landmark, the park is graced with classic statuary and centers around a small man-made lake.
Four-acre man made lake in the Gardens
The famous Public Garden ducks
The Public Garden ducks were immortalized in 1941 in the children's book 'Make Way for Ducklings'.
Public Gardens flora
Some of the over 80 species of plants that fill the Public Gardens.
Arlington Street Church near the Public Gardens
Originally the 'Church of Presbyterian Strangers', this congregation was founded in 1729. The current building was finished in 1861 and was based on the architecture of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London. Currently the church is home to a Unitarian Universalist congregation.