Old State House, Boston

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    Oldest Public Building In Boston

    by machomikemd Written Jul 11, 2014

    Lying Along the Freedom Trail and just a Stone's Throw Away from Both the Boston City Hall and Faneuil Hall is the Old State House, This Georgian Style Buildling was formerly the seat of the Massachussetts General Court (state Legislature)after the American Revolution until 1798 after which it became the Boston City Hall up to 1841 and then a sort of a Department Store after that and then in 1881, it was renovated and turned into a Museum featuring the people and events that shaped the history of the city, colony, state, and nation.

    Opens: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday, Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and the first work week in February.

    Admission: $ 10 for adults, Youth 6 to 18-free

    Nearest MBTA: State Street

    Bus Trolley Stop also present in the vicinity

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    The Old State House - interesting & informative

    by CEP1863 Updated Jan 2, 2014

    The Old State House is a landmark on the Freedom Trail that I felt was not to be missed. Tours are at regular intervals or you can guide yourself. I opted to take part in a tour and found the guide to be very informative, she really brought the museum to life with her narration of events. When you pay your admission fee you are given a ticket ( I was Anna Green Winslow) that has the name of a character involved in the revolution in some part. The ticket has some interesting facts about the person and their social standing and political views at the time. The rest of the museum I found to be really a little sparse in term of exhibits.

    I was amazed at where the river came to at the time of the infamous tea party - so much land has been reclaimed. I also found the site of the state house an interesting contrast to all of the huge modern buildings surrounding it. The T also runs right under the building!

    Opening hours are 09:00 - 17:00 all year round with hours extended to 18:00 from June until August.

    Admission is $8.50.

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    Old State House

    by antistar Written May 23, 2013

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    One of the most striking buildings in the city, as much by its proximity to the glass monoliths as its design, the Old State House is a major part of Boston's history. The location of the stocks and whipping posts used by puritans to punish the sinners, it became the place for Boston's first market. It served as a State House, first for the British then for the new American republic, until 1798. During its time it bore witness to the Boston Massacre.

    Incredibly after surviving multiple fires the building was put forward for demolishing at the end of the 19th century, but that bullet was dodged and the magnificent red brick building sits today in the shadow of the towering Financial District.

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    Old State House

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 29, 2013

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    The original State house was built in 1713 to house the colony's government and later the state government until replaced by the current state house in 1798. In 1774 the Boston Maasacre happened right outside this building.

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    The Old State House

    by jasperdo Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Argueably the most historic building in Boston, The Old State House was built in 1713 as the headquarters of the British Government in Boston. In the years before the American Revolution, many speeches were given here both in defense of the British Crown and for Independence. The Boston Massacre occured right outside the building in 1770. Today, the Old State House contains a museum that tells the history of Colonial Boston. The building itself seems to blend in perfectly with todays skyscrapers.

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    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 18, 2008

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    Old State House has a history that obviously predates the new one now in use. It had been in use beginning in 1713, and was actually a called a Town House to let locals air out their feelings. Since 1882 this has been a museum open to the public. I was not that lucky, though. In spite of it to be open 9-5 Monday-Friday, it was not. What a disappointment. The outside looked fabulous and I am sure inside was equally nice. Fee is $5

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    Old State House

    by Jefie Updated May 31, 2008

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    Located in the middle of Boston's financial district, the Old State house was the seat of the British colonial government between 1713 and 1776 and is the oldest surviving public building of the city. Nowadays, the building's wine cellar has been transformed into a subway station and its two floors now house a museum. Admission to the Old State House was included in our Old Town Trolley Tours - I'm not sure I would have liked to pay for it otherwise - but since it was free, I enjoyed walking through the different rooms and although some exhibits were less interesting than others, I enjoyed learning more about the Revolution (the Declaration of Independence was first read in 1776 from this building's balcony), the Boston Massacre (the actual site of the massacre is not far from the Old State House) and the Boston Tea Party. I also especially enjoyed the exhibit on Boston architecture, where Boston landmarks are compared with famous European landmarks.

    The Old State House museum is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. General admission: $5.

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    OLD STATE HOUSE / BOSTON MASSACRE

    by Rich62 Written May 31, 2008

    THE OLD STATE HOUSE, shown here, was built in 1713. In 1776 a crowd gathered on the street below to hear the Declaration of Independence read for the first time in Massachusetts. Notice the golden embellishments atop the building; these were symbols of the British crown. Colonists tore them down during the American Revolution but in subsequent years we have replaced them for historical accuracy of that pre-revolutionary period.

    On a small concrete island in the middle of the intersection in front of this building you will see a large circular plate. This is the location of the Boston Massacre, the first bloodshed between colonists and the British Redcoats. Five colonists died, including Crispus Attucks, who was half Native American and half African American. All five are buried in one of the old burial grounds on the Freedom Trail.

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    Old State House

    by Helga67 Updated Oct 31, 2006

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    This landmark can be found on the Freedom Trail amid the skyscrapers of downtown Boston.

    It's the oldest public building in Boston, built in 1713. It served as the seat of the British Royal Government until 1776 when, with the evacuation of the British from Boston, it became the first State House. It was from the balcony of this building that the Declaration of Independence was first read.

    Today it houses the Boston History Museum.

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    Old State House

    by PetraG Updated Jan 11, 2006

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    Built in 1713, this historic landmark served as a merchants' exchange as well as the seat of colonial and state governments. In 1761 James Otis opposed the Writs of Assistance here, inspiring John Adams to state "then and there the child independence was born." A cobblestone circle beneath its balcony marks the site of the 1770 Boston Massacre when British soldiers fired into a crowd of Bostonians. Fugitive slave Crispus Attucks was among the five victims who died that day. Today the Bostonian Society maintains the building as a museum of Boston history.

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    Lets see, Old state house, BOS...

    by ladyfisher Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Lets see, Old state house, BOS TIX , Historic North End, Paul Revere house, Bunker Hill Monument, USS Cassin Young, USS Constition Museum
    Boston is divided up in to sections West end, North end, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, bay side. I think thats what i ws told I could be wrong but it is very compact and you can see most everything in a few days.

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    The Old State House

    by IanMacPhail Updated Jan 4, 2011

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    I had to visit this originally to pick up the Go Boston cards and I was happy to get a guided tour too. Very nice guide!

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    Old State House

    by richiecdisc Written Dec 4, 2003

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    One of Boston's more renowned buildings dates back to 1713 and from its east balcony, the Declaration of Independence was read in 1776.

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