Known as one of Boston’s quaintest enclaves, Beacon Hill was one of the first settled areas on the Shawmut Peninsula. With nearly 40- years of history behind it, Beacon Hill is home to gorgeous townhouses, cobblestone streets, lovely parks and rich historical stories. With a population of less than 10,000 people, the neighborhood is one of Boston’s most expensive and most desirable places to live. Whether calling Beacon Hill home or just there for a visit, there are several sites and attractions that must be experienced for yourself when in Beacon Hill.
Established in 1634, Boston Common is the oldest public park in the United States. Spanning across 50 acres of space, Boston Common is home to several of the city’s biggest attractions. Among these is Frog Pond, which can be used for ice skating during the winter or as a spray park during the summer. Boston Common is also home to several war memorials and monuments. These include the Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial, which commemorates the first documented African-American regiment to serve in the U.S. Army, and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.
Granary Burying Ground
Dating back to 1660, Granary Burying Ground serves as the final resting place for approximately 5,000 Bostonians. Among these are Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, John Hancock and the victims of the Boston Massacre. A large obelisk in the middle marks the graves of Benjamin Franklin’s parents. The Granary Burying Ground is located next to Park Street Church and can be easily accessed from the Park Street Red Line stop in Boston Common.
Situated next to Boston Common, the 24-acre Public Garden is also home to several attractions and statues. Among these are the poplar Make Way for Ducklings and George Washington statues. During the warmer months, the Public Garden is filled with flowers, foliage and assorted plantings, while Swan Boats are also available for 12 to 15-minute rides around the lake located within the middle of the park.
Characterized by its Greek revival and federal architecture, Louisburg Square in Beacon Hill is a lovely park that is sometimes open to the general public.
Located between West Cedar and Willow streets, Acorn Street is considered by many to be one of Boston’s most beautiful streets. Characteristics include cobblestone streets, Federal-style townhouses and homes that are tastefully and seasonally decorated throughout the year. Keep in mind that the streets are very narrow and are comprised of real cobblestone, which can be uneven and difficult to travel upon. Therefore, you should be sure to wear good walking shoes when exploring this lovely street.
Massachusetts State House
Constructed on a cow pasture once owned by John Hancock, the Massachusetts State House dates back to 1798 when construction was completed. The oldest State House in the country, the building was designed by Charles Bulfinch and boasts copper shingles coated in 23-karat gold. Beneath the golden dome, the State House features numerous paintings and memorials that add to the building’s overall beauty.