Boston Common

Boston Common

The starting point of the Freedom Trail, Boston Common is the oldest park in the country. The park is almost 50 acres in size. Today, Boston Common is the anchor for the Emerald Necklace, a system of connected parks that winds through many of Boston's neighborhoods. The "Common" has been used for many different purposes throughout its long history. Until 1830, cattle grazed the Common, and until 1817, public hangings took place here. British troops camped on Boston Common prior to the Revolution and left from here to face colonial resistance at Lexington and Concord in April, 1775. Celebrities, including Martin Luther King Jr., Pope John Paul II, and Gloria Steinem (advocate of the feminist revolution), have given speeches at the Common. 

Site Information
LocationBound By Tremont, Beacon, Charles, Park & Boylston Streets
HoursAll Day, 365 days a year
ToursSelf-Guided; or provided by the Freedom Trail Foundation
NotesMore Information via the Freedom Trail Foundation
AttributionContent provided by the Freedom Trail Foundation

Video & Multimedia

  • Exploring the Freedom Trail

    Click through an interactive map of historic stops along the Freedom Trail.

    Freedom Trail Story Map

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