Bunker Hill Monument

Bunker Hill Monument

The Bunker Hill Monument stands 221 feet tall at Breed's Hill, the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution fought on June 17, 1775. Control of this high ground near the harbor was important to the British occupation of Boston. When colonial forces chose to fortify Charlestown, they bypassed the more dominant "Bunker Hill" and dug in on Breed's Hill which was lower and closer to the water.

"Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes" is the legendary order attributed to Colonel William Prescott to make sure that each shot would count. The poorly trained and ill prepared colonial forces repelled two major assaults by the British Army before retreating. Almost half of the British soldiers were either killed or injured. Although the colonists lost the battle, their bravery and strong showing against the British encouraged them to fight on.

Visit the Bunker Hill Monument and climb the 294 steps that lead to the pinnacle. There are no elevators in the monument; however, the amazing vista at the end of the journey is well worth it.  


Site Information
LocationMonument Square, Charlestown
HoursExhibit Lodge: Daily from 9AM - 5PM, Monument: Daily from 9AM - 4:30PM
ToursGroup Tours (10 or more): Call 617-242-7275
AdmissionFREE
Notes

More Information via National Park Service

More Information via the Freedom Trail Foundation

AttributionContent provided by the Freedom Trail Foundation
 

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