Retracing the Revolutionary War with Boston’s Monuments and Memorials

Ed Greable Blogger August 24, 2017

No other part of the country has as much to offer as Boston when it comes to Revolutionary War history. Not only is Boston the location to many important sites associated with the war, but it is also home to many notable monuments and memorials associated with conflict. If you are interested in taking a walk through history, here are some of the best Revolutionary War memorials in the Boston area.

Boston Massacre Monument

The Boston Massacre, which took place in March 1770 when British soldiers opened fire on a crowd of demonstrators killing five and wounding 11, was part of a chain reaction that led to the Revolutionary War. The monument commemorating this event is located on State Street in Boston.

Bunker Hill Monument

Commemorating the first major battle of the Revolutionary War, which took place on June 17, 1775, the Bunker Hill monument is a 221-foot obelisk dating back to 1842. The interior of the monument, which is located at 31 Monument Square across the street from a museum dedicated to the battle, is opened most days for climbing.

Cambridge Common Cannons

Located at the corner of Garden Street and Massachusetts Avenue, the Cambridge Common Cannons are three cannons salvaged after the British evacuated the Boston area in March 1776.

Dorchester Heights Monument

Famous for a battle that never happened, Dorchester Heights is where the British ceded to Washington’s troops and evacuated Boston in March 1776. The marble monument, which was dedicated in 1902, is located at 95 G Street.

Fort Washington Mounds

After Washington ordered three batteries to be built for cannons to be aimed at the British, the mounds remained in place. These mounts, which are located on Waverly Street in Cambridge, are the last reminder of the Continental Army’s presence in Cambridge.

George Washington Equestrian Statue

Standing 38 feet tall with 11 feet of underground mooring in the Boston Public Garden, the George Washington Equestrian Statue is a bronze monument depicting Washington in his Revolutionary garb. Sculpted by Thomas Ball and unveiled in 1869, the statue is the city’s biggest single piece of public art.

Lexington Minuteman Statue

Ereced in 1900, the Lexington Minuteman Statue depicts militia Captain John Parker. The statue is located at one end of the Lexington Green, which is where the first battle of the Revolutionary War took place.

Minuteman Statue

Dating from 1875, Concord’s Minuteman Statue marks the first two battles of the Revolution. The state is located in Minuteman National Park at 174 Liberty Street in Concord.

Old Powder House

When nearly 300 British troops stole gunpowder stole at the Old Powder House tower, colonists were shocked by the actions. The event, which took place in September 1774, helped to set the war into motion. The Old Powder House is located at 850 Broadway in Somerville.

Paul Revere House

Located at 19 North Square in Boston, the Paul Revere House was the home to its namesake and his family from 1680 until much of the time between 1770 and 1800. The house commemorates Revere’s contributions to American independence while also giving a look into life in Boston 200 years ago.

Revolutionary Monument

Situated on the Lexington Green where the first battle of the Revolutionary War took place, the Revolutionary Monument is the oldest intact war memorial in the world. Dedicated on July 4, 1799, the rear of the monument houses the remains of soldiers who died in the battle. The remains were transferred to the monument in 1835.

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