In Boston it’s easy to stumble upon a number of little known historic landmarks as the city has over 100 landmarks on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Tremont Street Subway
Tremont Street is a bustling hub of activity in the heart of Boston. From the theatre district to Suffolk University Law school most Bostonians have passed through this street at some point. But few know it is actually the nation’s first underground subway line built in 1897.Union Oyster House (41 Union Street)
Who knew America’s oldest continually running restaurant was tucked into the heart of Fanueil Hall? Famous patrons of old include members of the Kennedy clan as well as Daniel Webster.
Boston Athenaeum (10½ Beacon Street)
Stroll through Boston Common and walk past one of the oldest private libraries in the United States. The Athenaeum was founded in 1807 and has a vast collection of over 500,000 volumes of rare books.
African Meeting House (46 Joy Street)
Tucked into an assuming street in the heart of Beacon Hill, the African Meeting House was built in 1806 and was used as the First Baptist Church. Fun Fact: Frederick Douglas even stopped by the church to recruit soldiers for the 54 and 55th Massachusetts regiments.
Samuel Gridley Howe and Julia Ward Howe House (13 Chestnut Street)
If you’ve ever hummed along to the Battle Hymn of the Republic you have Julie Ward Howe to thank. The Howes were abolitionists who lived in this Bulfinch-designed home during the 19th century. Sorry,no tours, as this home is actually a private residence.
Boston Common is 48 acres of public park that is the nation’s oldest public green. Little known fun fact: the common used to be a cow grazing field used by early colonists.
Boston Freedom Trail
All along the Freedom Trail you can discover little known historic landmarks in Boston. The Freedom Trail extends to 16 different historical sites throughout Boston and is easily walkable.