The Freedom Trail Foundation, founded in 1964, is the official non-profit umbrella organization responsible for assisting in the promotion and preservation of Boston’s 16 Freedom Trail sites. The Foundation’s mission is to ensure these irreplaceable touchstones to our past remain as vibrant reminders of the vision, courage, and hope upon which America was built. We partner with the 16 Freedom Trail sites to:
enhance the understanding and appreciation of Boston’s seminal role in American history; create experiences to draw visitors to Boston; and preserve the inspiring touchstones that link us to our heritage.
The Freedom Trail Foundation’s Preservation Fund was established to help support preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and capital projects for official Freedom Trail sites. These projects help avoid, minimize or mitigate adverse effects of the elements and man-made wear and tear on these precious 18th century sites and enhance the visitor experience of those sites. Grants may be made as direct payments for projects, matching funds for grants initiated by Freedom Trail sites, or interest free-loans for capital projects.
If you would like to help protect and preserve these unique historic buildings, please make a donation to:
The Freedom Trail
99 Chauncy St, Suite 401
Boston, MA 02111
FREEDOM TRAIL FOUNDATION COMPLETES FIRST PRESERVATION FUND PROJECT, NOVEMBER 2011
The Freedom Trail Foundation and Boston Parks & Recreation Department completed $300,000 in historic landscape renovations to Boston’s Granary Burying Ground. One of 16 Freedom Trail sites, the Granary Burying Ground is the resting place for an estimated 6,000 revolutionary-era patriots including three signers of the Declaration of Independence, victims of the Boston Massacre, Paul Revere, and John Hancock.
Thanks to $125,000 in grants from the Freedom Trail Foundation’s Preservation Fund new grass, new wider pathways, more light, and new fencing make the Granary easier to navigate, brighter, and better preserved for the Granary’s annual 1.3 million visitors.
The project completed in November 2011 took over 10 months to finalize. Under the supervision of Boston Parks & Recreation Department’s Historic Burying Grounds Initiative and funded in part by Mayor Menino’s Capital Improvement Program, the project marks the first Freedom Trail Foundation Preservation Fund project.