When you live in Massachusetts, you know that there’s a historical landmark on practically every street corner. This state was the birthplace of the nation, and we have plenty of amazing sites to show for it. Check out these fascinating historical spots across the state.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. House of Seven Gables, Salem
Built in 1668, this is one of the oldest timber frame homes in North America. The home was made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne's eerie 1851 novel, "The House of the Seven Gables." Today, the house is a museum and open to visitors.
2. Boston Women's Memorial, Commonwealth Avenue Mall
This monument features full-scale sculptures of Abigail Adams, Lucy Stone, and Phillis Wheatley. These pioneering women were wholly committed to social change and bettering the lives of future generations. The figures were purposefully arranged around pedestals, rather than on top of them, in order to encourage visitor interaction.
3. Veterans War Memorial, Mount Greylock State Reservation
Located on the highest point in Massachusetts, this stunning memorial tower commemorates the contributions of the nation's warriors. Visitors will also appreciate the stunning views from the peak.
4. George Washington Statue, Boston
Nestled in the stunning flora of Beacon Hill's public garden, this monument to one of our nation's most famed founding figures is a beautiful place for a picnic or stroll.
5. Old State House, Boston
Constructed in 1713, this is the oldest surviving public structure in Boston. The Boston Massacre occurred just below the east balcony, and it was here that the Declaration of Independence was first read publicly in 1776.
6. The Mount (Edith Wharton's Home), Lenox
The historic home of one of this nation's most beloved authors, The Mount is surrounded by stunning gardens and scenery. Guided tours are available, and the estate often hosts cultural and social events such as live jazz nights and art exhibitions.
7. Minute Man National Historical Park, Concord
This beautiful park was the site of the legendary battle of Concord and Lexington during the Revolutionary War. Today, the park offers lots of gorgeous scenery, guided tours, and educational exhibits.
8. Plymouth Rock, Plymouth
This is a popular (and somewhat disappointing) school field trip destination for local students. However, it's worth a revisit as an adult. The surrounding harbor and town are absolutely charming, and offer plenty of additional historical landmarks and delicious New England cuisine.
9. Old South Meeting Hall, Boston
Constructed in 1729, this church was the site of the discussions that led to the Boston Tea Party of 1773. Over 5,000 residents gathered at the meeting hall to protest unfair taxation without representation, levied on them by the British. Today, the spot is a gorgeous place to check out during a tour of the city.
10. Brandt Point Lighthouse, Nantucket
This picturesque lighthouse was first commissioned in 1746, making it one of the oldest in Massachusetts. It is still fully operational and open for tours. You can easily walk to it from the town center.
11. Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth
This "living history", Smithsonian-affiliated museum is recognized as one of the best of its kind in the world. Located on the spot where the original Plymouth colony was founded, this place is features a Wampanoag homesite and full-scale, recreated 17th-century village.
12. The Freedom Trail, Boston
This is a self-guided tour of Boston's most important Revolutionary War locations and landmarks. The 2.5-mile red brick line will lead you through the city and to sites such as Old South Meeting House, the Old State House, and Boston Common. It's a great way to get some exercise while learning about our state's past.
13. USS Constitution, Boston
This incredible vessel is nicknamed "Old Ironsides", and is one of six frigates commissioned by George Washington for the nation's first navy in 1794. The ship is currently undergoing restoration efforts that will help to preserve and enhance her original splendor.
14. Fenway Park, Boston
This renowned baseball stadium is the oldest in the MLB. Home to the Boston Red Sox, its distinctive green hue and quirky architecture makes the park as unique as it is beloved.
15. Mohawk Trail, Western Mass
This stunning 63-mile swathe of trails, scenic roads and state forest is peppered with historic sites.