The first stop to learn how America came to be should be Faneuil Hall where speakers stood on the steps to state their case long before the revolution began.
Faneuil Hall was built in 1742 as a gift to the local population to provide a common meeting place. At first no one really wanted it, but in time people grew to appreciate it and then it became the centerpiece for American Revolution to break free from British rule when speakers such as Samuel Adams and James Otis would state their cases for freedom. For this reason the Hall is often referred to as “The Cradle of Liberty.”
One point of interest you can share with others is that the Grasshopper weathervane atop the hall was used to separate the Rebels from the British as a sort of password. A person would ask, “What is the object on the roof of Faneuil Hall.” If they said it was a grasshopper than they passed. However, if they got it wrong, they were suspected and convicted of being a British Spy. This little bit of trivia is fun to share and makes you look smart, too.
The first floor houses the Marketplace where people today can shop, eat, and enjoy entertainment such as Street Theater from 11 am to 5 pm daily. The second floor houses the Meeting Hall known for many public and well known debates. The 4th Floor has been maintained by the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company since 1746, even after reconstruction after a fire destroyed the hall.
Tours are available for those who want to learn more about the history of Faneuil Hall offered by the National Park Service historical services every ½ hour from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. These tours are free. You may be interested in learning about other nearby buildings and their history as a part of the Freedom trail Foundation.
Faneuil Hall is open every day from 9 am to 5 pm. There is no fee for admission. You can make the hall part of your Boston Visit along with nearby attractions, some of which are within walking distance such as the Old State House and Paul Revere’s House.
Visit Faneuil Hall for a brush up on Revolutionary History and then take in the entertainment and food at the Marketplace for a brief respite from the rush of today’s Boston.