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Current sampling of press releases announcing special events and programs and news about the Freedom Trail and the Foundation are available here.

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Celebrate Black History Mont on Freedom Trail® African-American Patriots® Tours 1-16-2024

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                            Contact: Suzanne Taylor

January 16, 2024                                                                                                                               (617) 357-8300 ext. 201

(Photos available)                                                                                                                            staylor@thefreedomtrail.org

                                                                                                                                                

 

CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH

ON FREEDOM TRAIL® 
AFRICAN-AMERICAN PATRIOTS® TOURS 

 

Freedom Trail® Foundation’s acclaimed African-American Patriots® Tours celebrate the African-American patriots that played a vital role in the start of the American Revolution in Boston and in the formation of our country. Led by 18th-century costumed guides, tour-goers have the opportunity to view history through the eyes of these courageous men and women throughout Black History Month in February. 

 

African-American Patriots® Tours begin on Saturday, February 3, 2023 and are held regularly in February on Saturdays and Sundays departing at 10:45 a.m. from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center. Revolutionary figures such as Crispus Attucks, Phillis Wheatley, Prince Hall, Peter Salem, and others come to life during these 90-minute walking tours while zigzagging through the Freedom Trail – Boston’s iconic 2.5-mile brick trail leading to 16 nationally significant historic sites. African-American Patriots Tours invite visitors and residents alike to discover the immense contributions of black Bostonians during the American Revolution and beyond, as the stories unfold along Boston’s historic red-lined path. Hear about the sacrifices these patriots made, the battles they fought, and the legacies they left behind, as well as the stories of significant abolitionists and civil rights activists in Boston's history.

 

African-American Patriots® Tours are ideal for groups, schools, residents and those visiting the city. Public tour tickets may be purchased at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center at $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $8 for children under 12 years old. Tickets may also be purchased online at TheFreedomTrail.org. The African-American Patriots® Tours are also available year-round for groups as private tours.

 

Other events and programs celebrating Black History Month are held at official Freedom Trail sites. For information regarding Freedom Trail events and programs, tickets, reservations, group rates or questions, please call (617) 357-8300 or visit TheFreedomTrail.org. 

 

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Celebrate the Holidays on Boston’s Historic Freedom Trail® 11-8-2023

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For Immediate Release (Photos Available)                         Contact:  Suzanne Taylor

November 8, 2023                                                                  (617) 357-8300 ext. 201

 

Celebrate the Holidays on 
Boston’s Historic Freedom Trail®

Historic Holiday Strolls Kick-Off Saturday, November 18

 

The Freedom Trail® Foundation invites revelers to celebrate this holiday season on the annual Historic Holiday Strolls.  The festive atmosphere of the city, set against the unique backdrop of Boston’s historic sites and centuries of history, makes these merry 90-minute tours a perfect way to celebrate the holidays. Walk the Freedom Trail and discover how Boston’s holiday traditions evolved on the Strolls offered Fridays and Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. from November 18 through December 30.

 

Led by 19th-century Dickensian costumed guides departing from the Visitor Information Center on Boston Common, the Strolls are complete with a tour of holiday lights and Christmas trees along the Freedom Trail while learning about 19th-century holiday traditions. Following the Stroll, guests receive discounts off museum store purchases at Freedom Trail sites, including the Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Paul Revere House, and Old North Church’s Heritage and Gift Shops (valid with any Historic Holiday Stroll receipt from November through December).  

 

“The Freedom Trail helps usher in the holiday season with the annual Historic Holiday Strolls, which gives tour participants a glimpse into the unique holiday traditions practiced throughout history,” said Suzanne Segura Taylor, Freedom Trail Foundation Executive Director.  “ The Strolls are one of many offerings to experience Boston’s historic sites and the Trail year-round.” 

 

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children for public tours. The Strolls may also be scheduled as private group tours pending availability. The Freedom Trail Foundation continues to offer daily public Official Freedom Trail Tours® throughout November and December and during the winter months.  All Freedom Trail tours are available as private family or group tours by reservation.  For more information and to purchase tickets for the Historic Holiday Strolls and Freedom Trail Tours, please visit TheFreedomTrail.org and for group tour reservations, please call 617.357.8300. 

 

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Discover Boston’s Freedom Trail® After Dark 9-1-2023

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For Immediate Release (Photos Available)                                   Contact:  Suzanne Taylor

September 1, 2023                                                                                    (617) 357-8300 extension 201           

 

Discover Boston’s 
Freedom Trail® After Dark
Lantern Tours Return in September and October

 

Discover the Freedom Trail in a new light – after dark – on the official Freedom Trail® Lantern Tours. Freedom Trail Foundation announces the return of the unique Lantern Tours, offering visitors and residents the opportunity to experience the sinister history and mystery of the Freedom Trail by lantern-light! The annual Freedom Trail Lantern Tours will be offered on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. from September 14 until October 29, and Sunday, October 29 and Monday, October 30 in honor of Halloween.

 

Fatal sword duels, the grave of a ruthless pirate, scandalous murders, and the punishment and hanging of convicted witches: all real and explored on the Freedom Trail Lantern Tours. Investigate the ghoulish side of Boston’s iconic red-lined-path and hear historic tales too dark and macabre for daytime. Join Freedom Trail Players®, darkly garbed with lanterns, and bring true accounts of appalling crimes, spies and assassins, cold-blooded killings, and demonic possession to life on these 90-minute walking tours. 

 

Lantern Tours start on Boston Common, where one of Boston’s most notorious murder victims is commemorated and accused witches and villains met their fate.  The tours illuminate the Granary and King’s Chapel burying grounds as the final resting places of convicted pirates, victims of vicious murders, and others connected to Boston’s less-illustrious past.  Locations such as the Boston Massacre Site and the former site of the Old Gaol (Old Jail), adjacent to the Old State House and home to many of old Boston’s most infamous criminals, are also featured along the way on the Freedom Trail. 

 

“The Freedom Trail welcomes the return of the annual Lantern Tours as it gives visitors and residents the opportunity to experience true, lesser-known and dark, Boston history. These unique tours offers a one-of-a-kind voyage through Boston’s most historical sites by lantern light and is a must do!” says Suzanne Taylor, Executive Director, Freedom Trail Foundation.

 

Led by 18th-century costumed guides, Freedom Trail Foundation walking tours are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors/students, and $8 for children 12 and under. Purchase of a ticket includes a $1 donation to the Freedom Trail Foundation’s Preservation Fund, which helps support preservation projects at official Freedom Trail historic sites. Tickets may be purchased at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center (9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.) or online at TheFreedomTrail.org.   Lantern Tours may also be scheduled as a private group tour year-round. For more information, please contact the Freedom Trail Foundation at (617) 357-8300 or visit TheFreedomTrail.org. 

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Experience Boston’s Official Freedom Trail® Tours for Free August 29! 8-17-2023

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For Immediate Release                                                                                Contact:  Suzanne Segura Taylor

August 17, 2023                                                                                                (617) 357-8300 ext. 201  

 

Experience Boston’s 

Official Freedom Trail® Tours

for Free August 29!

Hosted by Highland Street Foundation’s August Adventures 2023

 

The Highland Street Foundation’s August Adventures program will offer admission to Freedom Trail Foundation-led tours on Tuesday, August 29, 2023. The Foundation’s official Freedom Trail® Tours, led by 18th-century costumed guides, will step off free of charge for the day! 

 

The 90-minute tours feature tales of high treason, mob agitations, revolutionary actions, and partisan fights of the American Revolution and beyond and cover 11 of the Trail’s 16 official historic sites. The tours will depart from a special tent on Boston Common (across from 141 Temple Place, near the Brewer Fountain) at 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.

 

August Adventures, modeled after Highland Street’s long-standing Free Fun Friday’s program, provides enriching opportunities for individuals, children, and families across the Commonwealth, from Greater Boston to Cape Cod, and out to Central and Western Massachusetts. From children’s museums, to art, to history, there is something for everyone.

 

“We are thrilled to partner with the Highland Street Foundation for their August Adventures program,” said the Foundation's Executive Director Suzanne Segura Taylor. “Increasing access to the Freedom Trail is a constant goal at the Foundation, and we are excited to welcome new and diverse audiences throughout the Commonwealth and beyond during this free day of tours."

 

To secure tickets, visit thefreedomtrail.org, click on the “Tour Tickets” menu item to find the day, and use coupon code “AugustAdventures” to redeem free tickets. Any individual, family, or groups under 10 people are invited to experience the tours, however, due to expected crowds, large groups are discouraged from attending on this day. In order to ensure a fantastic Freedom Trail experience, the Foundation will limit the number of passes to 50 per tour. Please contact the Freedom Trail Foundation directly at (617) 357-8300 with any questions. 

 

To learn more about August Adventures and the Highland Street Foundation, visit www.highlandstreet.org 

 

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Celebrate Women’s History Month on Newly Reintroduced Freedom Trail® Revolutionary Women Tours 2-24-2023

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     Contact:  Suzanne Taylor

February 24, 2023                                                                   (617) 357-8300 extension 201

 

Celebrate Women’s History Month on Newly Reintroduced Freedom Trail® 

Revolutionary Women Tours 

Freedom Trail® Foundation announces the return of the beloved tour experience, Revolutionary Women Tours throughout Women’s History Month in March! Discover the indomitable   women who took part in the American Revolution, and the generations of women that followed, inaugurating their own struggles for freedom and equality. 

 

The Freedom Trail Revolutionary Women Tours invite people of all ages to walk the Freedom Trail and explore four centuries of Revolutionary women who changed history. These 90-minute tours feature tales of the early religious rebellions of Anne Hutchinson and Mary Dyer, abolitionist movements of Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman, landmark achievements of Black pioneers Phillis Wheatley and Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, prolific writings of Abigail Adams and Louisa May Alcott, dynamic speeches of Margaret Sanger and 
Susan B. Anthony, and more. Walk the paths these influential women tread, while visiting the places where their voices were heard, works published, and they were laid to rest. 

 

The tours feature official Freedom Trail historic sites from the site of the Great Elm on Boston Common, where women paid the ultimate price for refusing to conform to puritanical values, to the Granary Burying Ground, where those who fought fiercely for independence are remembered alongside their revolutionary male counterparts, and the Old Corner Bookstore and Old South Meeting House, where women made change through the power of literature and the spoken word. Revolutionary Women Tours culminate at Faneuil Hall, the Cradle of Liberty, which was prominent in both the abolitionist and women’s suffrage movements. 

 

Revolutionary Women Tours depart from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center on Saturdays and Sundays in March at 10:45 a.m. Led by 18th-century costumed guides, Freedom Trail Foundation’s walking tours are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors/students, and $8 for children, and include a $1 donation to the Freedom Trail Foundation’s Preservation Fund. Tickets may be purchased at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center or online at TheFreedomTrail.org. All walking tours and specialty tours are available as private tours year-round by appointment and are perfect for families, company outings, corporate activities and team building, tourist groups, and more. For additional information please visit TheFreedomTrail.org or call (617) 357-8300.

 

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Celebrate Black History Month on Freedom Trail® African-American Patriots® Tours 1-18-2023

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                   Contact Freedom Trail Foundation:

January 18, 2023                                                                                                     Suzanne Taylor

(Photos available)                                                                                                   617.357.8300 x 201

                                                                                                                                                staylor@thefreedomtrail.org

 
CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH
ON FREEDOM TRAIL®
AFRICAN-AMERICAN PATRIOTS® TOURS

 

Freedom Trail® Foundation’s acclaimed African-American Patriots® Tours celebrate the African-American patriots that played a vital role in the start of the American Revolution in Boston and in the formation of our country. Led by 18th-century costumed guides, tour-goers have the opportunity to view history through the eyes of these courageous men and women throughout Black History Month in February.

 

African-American Patriots® Tours begin on Saturday, February 4, 2023 and are held regularly in February on Saturdays and Sundays departing at 10:45 a.m. from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center. Revolutionary figures such as Crispus Attucks, Phillis Wheatley, Prince Hall, Peter Salem, and others come to life during these 90-minute walking tours while zigzagging through the Freedom Trail – Boston’s iconic 2.5-mile brick trail leading to 16 nationally significant historic sites.  African-American Patriots Tours invite visitors to discover the sacrifices these patriots made, the battles they fought, and legacies they left behind. Experience the historic events of the American Revolution and the immense contributions of black Bostonians as they unfold along Boston’s historic red-lined path.

 

African-American Patriots® Tours are ideal for groups, schools, residents and those visiting the city. Public tour tickets may be purchased at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center at $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, and $8 for children under 12, and tickets may also be purchased online at TheFreedomTrail.org. The African-American Patriots® Tours are also available year-round for groups by reservation.

 

Other events and programs celebrating Black History Month are held at official Freedom Trail sites. For information regarding Freedom Trail events and programs, tickets, reservations, group rates or questions, please call (617) 357-8300 or visit TheFreedomTrail.org.

 

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Celebrate the Holidays on Boston's Historic Freedom Trail® - Historic Holiday Stroll 11-15-2022

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For Immediate Release (Photos Available)                         Contact:  Suzanne Taylor

November 15, 2022                                                                (617) 357-8300 ext. 201

 
Celebrate the Holidays on
Boston’s Historic Freedom Trail®

Historic Holiday Strolls Kicks-Off November 18

 

The Freedom Trail® Foundation invites revelers to celebrate this holiday season on the annual Historic Holiday Strolls.  The festive atmosphere of the city, set against the unique backdrop of Boston’s historic sites and centuries of history, makes these merry 90-minute tours a perfect way to celebrate the holidays. Walk the Freedom Trail and discover how Boston’s holiday traditions evolved on the Strolls offered Fridays and Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. from November 18 through December 31, and Thursday, December 22.

 

Led by 19th-century Dickensian costumed guides departing from the Visitor Information Center on Boston Common, the Strolls are complete with a tour of holiday lights and Christmas trees along the Freedom Trail while learning about 19th-century holiday traditions. Following the Stroll, guests receive discounts off museum store purchases at Freedom Trail sites, including the Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Paul Revere House, and Old North Church’s Heritage and Gift Shops (valid with any Historic Holiday Stroll receipt from November through December).  

 

Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children for public tours.  The Strolls may also be scheduled as private group tours pending availability.

 

“The Freedom Trail welcomes people year-round to experience Boston’s historic sites while learning about our rich history.” said Suzanne Taylor, Freedom Trail Foundation Executive Director. “The Strolls offers tour goers a glimpse into this unique history of the holidays and is the perfect way to celebrate the season!”

 

The Freedom Trail Foundation continues to offer daily public Walk Into History® Tours throughout November and December and during the winter months.  All Freedom Trail tours are available as private family or group tours by reservation.  To more information and to purchase tickets for the Historic Holiday Strolls and Walk Into History Tours, please visit TheFreedomTrail.org and for group tour reservations, please call 617.357.8300.

 

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Discover Boston’s Freedom Trail® After Dark - Lantern Tours Return in September and October 9-13-2022

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For Immediate Release (Photos Available)                            Contact:  Suzanne Taylor

September 13, 2022                                                                  (617) 357-8300 extension 201          

 

Discover Boston’s
Freedom Trail® After Dark
Lantern Tours Return in September and October

 

Discover the Freedom Trail in a new light – after dark – on the official Freedom Trail® Lantern Tours. Freedom Trail Foundation announces the return of the unique Lantern Tours, offering visitors and residents the opportunity to experience the sinister history and mystery of the Freedom Trail by lantern-light! The annual Freedom Trail Lantern Tours will be offered on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. from September 15 until October 29.

 

Fatal sword duels, the grave of a ruthless pirate, scandalous murders, and the punishment and hanging of convicted witches: all real and explored on the Freedom Trail Lantern Tours. Investigate the ghoulish side of Boston’s iconic red-lined-path and hear historic tales too dark and macabre for daytime. Join Freedom Trail Players®, darkly garbed with lanterns, and bring true accounts of appalling crimes, spies and assassins, cold-blooded killings, and demonic possession to life on these 90-minute walking tours. 

 

Lantern Tours start on Boston Common, where one of Boston’s most notorious murder victims is commemorated and accused witches and villains met their fate.  The tours illuminate the Granary and King’s Chapel burying grounds as the final resting places of convicted pirates, victims of vicious murders, and others connected to Boston’s less-illustrious past.  Locations such as the Boston Massacre Site and the former site of the Old Gaol (Old Jail), adjacent to the Old State House and home to many of old Boston’s most infamous criminals, are also featured along the way on the Freedom Trail.

 

“The return of the annual Freedom Trail Lantern Tours gives visitors and residents the opportunity to immerse themselves in lesser-known dark, yet true, Boston history. This tour opens the door to a unique experience across a one-of-a-kind voyage through Boston’s most historical sites in lantern light. This is a must-see tour!” says Suzanne Taylor, Executive Director, Freedom Trail Foundation.

 

Led by 18th-century costumed guides, Freedom Trail Foundation walking tours are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors/students, and $8 for children 12 and under. Purchase of a ticket includes a $1 donation to the Freedom Trail Foundation’s Preservation Fund, which helps support preservation projects at official Freedom Trail historic sites. Tickets may be purchased at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center (9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.) or online at TheFreedomTrail.org. For more information, please contact the Freedom Trail Foundation at (617) 357-8300 or visit TheFreedomTrail.org.

 

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Freedom Trail® Official 2022 Hotel Partners - Boston Hotels offer Year-Round Packages 8-3-2022

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For Immediate Release (Photos Available)                                 Contact:  Suzanne Taylor

August 3, 2022                                                                                  (617) 357-8300 ext. 201

 

 

Freedom Trail® Official 2022 Hotel Partners

Boston Hotels offer Year-Round Packages

 

Boston’s official Freedom Trail® hotel partners program features 4 hotels and the perfect mix of offerings for families, couples, business travelers, and history buffs.  Whether traveling from near or far, visitors are invited to create their own special Freedom Trail getaway, immersing themselves in America’s rich history and enjoying everything in Boston – America’s walking city.

 

From the many exciting Freedom Trail activities along the iconic 2.5 mile red-lined path to the hotel amenities included in the offerings, visitors will take in tales of Revolutionary heroes, eat at world-class restaurants, and relax in deluxe accommodations. Freedom Trail hotels invite visitors to enhance their stay with packages, including walking tours with 18th-century costumed guides or a hardcover copy of - An Artist’s View of the Freedom Trail.  Packages are offered at hotels located on or steps from the Freedom Trail with rates from $209, and are available now through December 31, 2022.

 

The 2022 hotel partners are: Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Fairmont Copley Plaza, Hilton Garden Inn Boston Brookline, and The Revolution Hotel.

 

Freedom Trail programs bring Boston’s history to life throughout the year.  Tours with 18th-century costumed guides, available through the hotel packages or booked independently, include: Walk Into History® Tours and North End Tours, engaging and fun 90-minute walking tours featuring tales of high treason, mob agitations, revolutionary actions, and partisan fights; African-American Patriots® Tours, unveiling the stories of the black men and women who played an important role in the formation of the nation; and Revolutionary Women Tours, exploring the indomitable women who took part in the American Revolution, and the generations of women that followed. Offered in November and December, Historic Holiday Strolls features Christmas and holiday traditions from old Boston.

 

For more Freedom Trail® information, to plan a visit, book a tour, and learn more about the Hotels Program please call the Freedom Trail Foundation at (617) 357-8300 or visit TheFreedomTrail.org.

 

The following are the packages offered by the Freedom Trail’s official hotel partners:

 

Boston Park Plaza Hotel 50 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116 • 617-426-2000

In Boston, history can be found around every corner, and the Freedom Trail brings it to life. Boston Park Plaza celebrates the city’s rich history with its Freedom Trail Special, which includes an overnight stay in a newly renovated Superior Queen guestroom and two adult tickets for the Freedom Trail Walk Into History® Tour beginning on Boston Common and ending at Faneuil Hall features 11 of the Trail’s 16 official historic sites. Boston’s iconic 2.5-mile red-bricked route connects today’s travelers to the spirit of Boston’s early patriots. Package available through December 30, 2022. Rate: Starting at $269.

 https://www.bostonparkplaza.com/hotel-deals/freedom-trail-special/

 

Fairmont Copley Plaza 138 St. James Ave., Boston 02116 • 617-267-5300

Fairmont Copley Plaza - a luxury landmark hotel located in Copley Square - has been a symbol of the city's rich history and elegance since its gala opening in 1912.  Boston’s iconic hotel invites guests to experience history with the Freedom Trail Discovery offer. The package includes a one night stay in an elegant guestroom and a copy of The Freedom Trail: An Artists View. Rate: Varies

https://www.fairmont.com/copley-plaza-boston/offers/freedom-trail-discovery/

 

Hilton Garden Inn Boston Brookline 700 Brookline Ave., Brookline, MA 02466 • 877-782-9444

Enjoy the vast history of Boston through the Freedom Trail and America’s oldest and most beloved ballpark, Fenway Park. The package includes upscale accommodations and a Walk Into History® Tour of the Freedom Trail with an 18th-century costumed Freedom Trail Player® (one ticket per adult guest). Experience fine service as well as the indoor pool, outdoor terrace and on-site restaurant. Steps from the Brookline Village T Stop which is just a few stops from Downtown Boston and one mile from Fenway Park. Rate: Starting at $209

https://www.hilton.com/en/book/reservation/flexibledates/?ctyhocn=BOSBBGI&flow=book&flexibleDates=true&srpCodes=P2

 

The Revolution Hotel 40 Berkley St., Boston, MA 02166 • 617-848-9200

This special Freedom Trail package includes modern accommodations for a two-night stay for two adults and one child, muffin and coffee or juice from KOHI Coffee Co. in the lobby, and tickets for Old Town Trolley, Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, and Walk Into History® Tour of the Freedom Trail with an 18th-century costumed Freedom Trail Player®. History awaits you at The Revolution Hotel and in Boston! Rate: Varies, please call 617-848-9200 to reserve the package!

https://therevolutionhotel.com/packages-specials

 

 

 

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How to Experience the Freedom Trail® Virtually and In-Person 7-15-2020

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 15, 2020 
Contact:   Suzanne Taylor
(617) 357-8300 extension 201
staylor@thefreedomtrail.org                                                                                                                   

How to Experience the Freedom Trail® Virtually and In-Person
Freedom Trail Foundation Unveils New Resource

The Freedom Trail® official historic sites, Freedom Trail® Foundation, National Parks of Boston and partners are working together on reopening plans to ensure the health and safety of employees and Freedom Trail visitors in accordance with Commonwealth of Massachusetts and City of Boston guidelines. Those looking to experience the Freedom Trail® at this time can visit the new How to Experience the Freedom Trail Now webpage on TheFreedomTrail.org for what to expect and requirements as more official historic sites reopen. The webpage will be updated frequently to provide information on when to visit Boston’s historic gems.

Virtually:  The Freedom Trail® and Black Heritage Trail® have rich opportunities for everyone to learn and experience Boston’s history remotely. Freedom Trail official historic sites, the Museum of African American History, and Freedom Trail Foundation provide existing and new online Distance Learning Resources to bring history into homes. Virtual tours, activities, and learning resources can be found at www.thefreedomtrail.org/distance-learning-resources.

In Person:  The 2.5-mile Freedom Trail is a red-bricked path on City of Boston sidewalks and leads one to the Trail’s 16 official historic sites. Visitors may follow the path to walk past all Freedom Trail historic sites. Visitors are required to wear a face covering and follow 6-foot social distancing protocols. Below is a current list of open historic sites.

  • Boston Common
  • Granary Burying Ground
  • King’s Chapel Burying Ground
  • Boston Latin School Site/Benjamin Franklin Statue
  • Boston Massacre Site
  • Old North Church & Historic Site is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Sundays from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
  • Note: The three historic burying grounds are open daily from approximately 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Books and audio guides are also available on the Freedom Trail store, as are sample itineraries and resources, to help guide the way, and may be purchased at www.store.thefreedomtrail.org/.

 

What to expect while visiting the Freedom Trail®:

  • Required face coverings
  • Required to follow social distancing protocols
  • No admission with COVID-19 symptoms

 

What one may expect:

  • COVID-19 symptoms inquiries
  • Temperature checks
  • One-way traffic flow
  • Limited capacity
  • Timed ticketing
  • Reservations required
  • Hand-sanitizer stations
  • Gloves provided to interact with exhibits
  • Temporarily closed exhibits
  • Temporary closures for cleaning
  • Limited restrooms – City of Boston on-street public restrooms will be open/restaurants’ restrooms are open for their patrons only

Safety protocols and plans follow requirements as outlined by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards for Physical Distancing, Hygiene Protocols, Staffing and Operations, and Cleaning and Disinfecting.

 

For more information and updates visit https://www.thefreedomtrail.org/visit/experience-freedom-trail-now.

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Freedom Trail® Offers New Distance Learning Opportunities 5-7-2020

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For Immediate Release                                                                                                              Contact:   Suzanne Taylor, Freedom Trail Foundation
May 7, 2020                                                                                                                                  staylor@thefreedomtrail.org
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Freedom Trail® Offers New Distance Learning Opportunities
Freedom Trail Official Historic Sites, Museum of African American History, and Freedom Trail Foundation Distance Learning Resources

The Freedom Trail® and Black Heritage Trail® have plenty of opportunities for everyone to keep learning and experiencing Boston’s history remotely. To serve the public while spending time away from schools and work places, the Freedom Trail® official historic sites, Museum of African American History, and Freedom Trail® Foundation will continue to provide existing and have created new on-line distance learning resources to bring history into homes. The Freedom Trail® and historic official sites are offering over a dozen new online opportunities starting this month.

Boston’s historic sites are committed to assisting people at home by providing free engaging materials for learners of all ages, including webseries, virtual tours, teacher and student resources, history blogs, and more.  In addition, the Freedom Trail® Foundation’s This Day in History videos provides mini-history lessons 365 days per year and is offering the Hear History: Audio Guide of the Freedom Trail MP3 download, free for a limited time, for people to enjoy at home.

History organizations along Boston’s iconic Freedom Trail and Black Heritage Trail will post daily about content and activities via their social media channels using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram while their websites provide constant valuable resources.  Additionally, the Freedom Trail Foundation has created a special website page with a list of distance learning resources to help teachers and parents teach their students and for those interested in knowing more about Boston’s historic treasures and our country’s history.

The Freedom Trail® Foundation's new Classrooms Live! offers teachers the opportunity to invite a historian into their virtual classrooms to help students learn about major Revolutionary-events such as the Boston Tea Party, Boston Massacre or Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride. The 30-minute program includes an interactive question and answer session. In addition, the Foundation's Guide to Teaching the American Revolution is a new comprehensive at-home guide for elementary school teachers and parents teaching from home, and includes articles, primary sources, activities, and more.

For more information and complete list of new distance learning opportunities, please visit TheFreedomTrail.org/distance-learning-resources

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Enclosure: Distance Learning Resources, available to date

 

Freedom Trail® and Black Heritage Trail® Bring History Into Homes Near and Far 4-1-2020

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For Immediate Release                                                Contact:   Suzanne Taylor, Freedom Trail Foundation
April 1, 2020                                                                                     staylor@thefreedomtrail.org
                                                                                                           (617) 269-5233

                                                                                                                  

Freedom Trail® and Black Heritage Trail® Bring History Into Homes Near and Far
Freedom Trail Official Historic Sites, Museum of African American History, and Freedom Trail Foundation Distance Learning Resources

 

The Freedom Trail® and Black Heritage Trail® have plenty of opportunities for everyone to keep learning and experiencing Boston’s history remotely. To serve the public while spending time away from schools and work places, the Freedom Trail® official historic sites, Museum of African American History, and Freedom Trail® Foundation will continue to provide existing and have created new on-line distance learning resources to bring history into homes.

From virtual tours to hands-on-activities and contests, on-line exhibits and games, educator resource kits and classroom lesson plans, to an on-line collections catalogue and lectures, webinars and more, Boston’s historic sites are committed to assisting people at home by providing free engaging materials for learners of all ages.  In addition, the Freedom Trail® Foundation’s This Day in History videos provides mini-history lessons 365 days per year and is offering the Hear History: Audio Guide of the Freedom Trail MP3 download, free for a limited time, for people to enjoy at home.

History organizations along Boston’s iconic Freedom Trail and Black Heritage Trail will post daily about content and activities via their social media channels using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram while their websites provide constant valuable resources.  Additionally, the Freedom Trail Foundation has created a special website page with a list of distance learning resources to help teachers and parents teach their students and for those interested in knowing more about Boston’s historic treasures and our country’s history.

For more information, please visit TheFreedomTrail.org/distance-learning-resources

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Multiple Historic Freedom Trail Sites to Close to Address Global Coronavirus Pandemic 3-13-2020

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 13, 2020                                                                                  
​CONTACT: Diana C. Pisciotta 
617-784-5256

Multiple Historic Freedom Trail Sites to Close to Address Global Coronavirus Pandemic
Private operations cite responsibility to support public health goals in decision

(Boston, MA):  Today multiple official historic sites on and adjacent to Boston’s iconic Freedom Trail and the Freedom Trail Foundation collectively announced that they would end all public programming and tours and close to the public until at least March 31. Sites include: King’s Chapel, Paul Revere House, Old North Church & Historic Site, Old South Meeting House, Old State House, USS Constitution Museum and the Museum of African American History, a leading site on Boston’s Black Heritage Trail.  Foundation-led walking tours will be put on hold.

“We have made the decision to suspend programming and close our sites to the public to support important public health goals and reinforce the benefits of social distancing. The Freedom Trail sites’ and Freedom Trail Foundation’s – who are involved in bringing the public together to experience Boston’s shared history – collective message is this is not the time for operations as usual.  We join Boston’s other cultural institutions and major attractions and venues in this effort.

While we were taking, and could have continued to take, steps to protect the health of our individual employees, volunteers and visitors, we believe a stronger step is necessary. This decision is based on world health news regarding the spread and health impact of COVID-19, local information from elected officials, board expertise and our own collective sense of civic responsibility. This is a time for extraordinary steps to limit spread of COVID-19, support the health of our most vulnerable populations and maximize the availability of local health resources for those who need it most. 

We recognize that this will be a disappointment to the tens of thousands of visitors that come to Boston each month to experience our City’s history, but we are confident that this is the right decision.

Many of our sites are also part of the Trails to Freedom Partnership, comprised of organizations that manage sites along the Black Heritage and Freedom Trails that have been recognized by Congress for inclusion within the National Park Service for their outstanding national significance.  While the National Park Service maintains continuity of operations throughout Boston, visitors and our local community members are urged to take extreme caution and follow all guidelines regarding social distancing and discretionary gatherings when considering a visit. 

Out of an abundance of caution, effective Saturday, March 14, USS Constitution, under US Navy Command, is suspending normal operations to reduce the exposure of personnel to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, sites that are also places of worship will make independent decisions about canceling religious services.   

Our organizations vary in size, number of employees and operations; each organization is taking individual steps to limit the impact of this challenging decision. In addition, we will be working together to identify ways to continue to share the history and the meaning of our sites with the general public through our websites, social media channels and other tools during this time.

We will be evaluating the situation on a weekly basis and will return to operations once it is no longer a risk to public health to do so.

We thank our loyal teams, visitors and friends for their continued support.”

Status of specific sites and organizations below: 

Already closed:
Old State House (Revolutionary Spaces)
Old South Meeting House (Revolutionary Spaces)
Paul Revere House
King’s Chapel
USS Constitution Museum

Closing by 4pm today:
Museum of African American History

Closing by 5pm today:
Old North Church & Historic Site
Freedom Trail Foundation
USS Constitution

Note:  At this time, none of the above sites have a confirmed case of COVID-19 or known exposure to someone with a case of COVID-19.