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Boston’s Freedom Trail® Springs into the Season

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For Immediate Release (Photos Available) 
April 8, 2019 
Contact:  Suzanne Taylor
(617) 357-8300 ext. 201

Boston’s Freedom Trail® Springs into the Season
Freedom Trail Foundation Tour Schedule Expands and April School Vacation Week Activities at Official Freedom Trail Sites

 

Freedom Trail Foundation’s 18th-century costumed guides will be out on the Trail in full force this spring, offering more opportunities to bring history to life.

The Freedom Trail Foundation’s current tour schedule offers Walk Into History® Tours daily at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center. The schedule will grow to include a 10:30 a.m. Walk Into History Tour, starting on April 6, and a 1:30 p.m. North End Tour, starting on April 13, both departing from the ArtsBoston Booth at Faneuil Hall, and a 3:00 p.m. Walk Into History Tour, starting on April 13, departing from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center. Tour offerings will continue to expand throughout the spring for adults and children, history buffs and curious visitors alike.

Walk Into History® Tours are the official 90-minute walking tour of the Freedom Trail featuring tales of revolutionary actions, walking to 11 of Boston’s historic Freedom Trail sites to and from Boston Common and Faneuil Hall. North End Tours feature stops along the Trail including the Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, and other historic places in Boston’s oldest neighborhood. 

Led by 18th-century costumed guides, Freedom Trail Foundation walking tours are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors/students, and $8 for children. Tickets may be purchased at the Visitor Information Center on Boston Common, ArtsBoston Booth at Faneuil Hall, Old Town Trolley locations and ticket booths, Cheers retail gift shop at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and online at TheFreedomTrail.org – tickets are discounted when purchased online.

Freedom Trail sites are offering special events for students, families, and visitors during April School Vacation Week, Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19. Enjoy National Literature and Poetry Month at King’s Chapel, experience revolutionary Boston at the Paul Revere House, try needlework at the Old South Meeting House, join a tour of the Old State House, and watch the Patriots’ Day Parade at Boston City Hall.

For a schedule of Freedom Trail historic sites activities during April school vacation week as well as an updated tour schedule, please call (617) 357-8300 or visit TheFreedomTrail.org. The following is a list of the sites’ exciting activities along the Trail:

King’s Chapel
Join the King's Chapel History Program in April to celebrate National Literature and Poetry Month. Throughout the month, the site educators will share literary works connected to and inspired by the chapel, and pieces written by and about members. Selections will include patriotic poetry, Dr. Joseph Warren's eulogy, letters of John and Abigail Adams, and more. Visitors are invited to try their hand at writing their own poem inspired by their visit to the chapel. Visit http://www.kings-chapel.org/history-events.html for more information.

Old South Meeting House
Old South Meeting House will host “From Nightgowns to Needlepoint,” beginning  Monday, April 15 to Friday, April 19, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Visitors will view original samplers from the Meeting House’s collection, learn about the history of this craft, then try their own pattern-making and needlework. Don an 18th-century dress or pair of breeches from the Meeting House’s collection of Colonial-era replicas, and take a selfie with George Washington or Anna Green Winslow! All activities are included with museum admission, and are free for Boston residents aged 18 and under and accompanying adult with identification. For more information, go to https://www.osmh.org/event/from-nightgowns-to-needlepoint-explore-colonial-textile-arts.

 

Patriots’ Day Parade at Boston City Hall
On Monday, April 15, 2019 starting at 9:00 a.m., attendees can celebrate the events leading to the American Revolution, in honor of the first Battle of Lexington and Concord. A morning flag-raising ceremony on Congress Street at City Hall is followed by speeches and the annual Patriots’ Day parade. The parade stops at the Granary Burying Ground for a short service and wreath-laying at the graves of Robert Keayne and Paul Revere. At the end of the parade, the Massachusetts Lancers stage the midnight rides of Paul Revere and William Dawes. From their start in the North End near the Old North Church, Revere’s reenactor stops at Foss Park in Somerville, Hall House in Medford Square, and Arlington Town Hall before arriving at Lexington Green. Visit https://www.boston-discovery-guide.com/patriots-day-schedule.html for more information and parade schedule.

Old State House
The Old State House will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during April school vacation week, with free admission for kids under 18. Take one of more than a dozen daily tours with friendly and knowledgeable guides, enter meticulously-restored period rooms, and see rare treasures of the past. Visitors can sit in the seat of the British Empire's colonial power and stand on the site of the Boston Massacre. The Hands-on History rooms invite children and adults alike to explore the building's long history and pivotal role in American Independence through interactive exhibits. Visit bostonhistory.org for more information on the Old State House’s programs and tours.

Paul Revere House
At the Paul Revere House’s “Call Upon a Colonial: Rachel Revere at Home,” visitors can chat with Paul’s wife, Rachel Revere, as she roams throughout the site’s historic house, gardens, and courtyard on Monday, April 15 and Thursday, April 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Learn more about the dangerous missions her husband undertakes, the many children she is raising, and life in Colonial Boston. Families can enjoy Colonial Kids Corner from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16. Try on reproduction colonial clothes, write with quill pens, or play an 18th-century game. These drop-in activities are free with admission to the site. Later on Wednesday, April 17, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Diane Lent brings to life Harriet Revere, one of Paul Revere’s 16 children. Join her in reminiscing about her father’s dramatic life, the adventures of her many siblings, nieces, and nephews, and growing up in the historic North End. For more information on the Paul Revere House’s events, visit https://www.paulreverehouse.org/events/.

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Freedom Trail® Brings History to Life with Maria L. Baldwin School 4-22-2019

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2019        
Contact:  Suzanne Taylor
 (617) 357-8300 extension 201                                                                           

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Freedom Trail® Brings History to Life with Maria L. Baldwin School
Cambridge Public School students present and reenact important American revolutionary-era town meeting debates at final session

Cambridge’s Maria L. Baldwin School’s fifth grade class students are bringing history to life during the final session of the Freedom Trail Foundation Town Meeting Program.  Funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s STARS Residencies Program, this highly interactive multi-week program, created by Freedom Trail Foundation’s Artistic Manager and Cambridge native Margaret Ann Brady and led by Freedom Trail Player® Ben Soloway, teaches the young participants about living conditions in the 18th century and the growing conflicts in Boston and culminates with a Tea Act town meeting.

During this six-week in-school residency program, students receive characters – real people who lived in Boston during the period – to study their viewpoints and actions in order to embody in the final presentation.  Students participate in journaling and discussion exercises to consider their individual characters’ circumstances, as well as how affinities and alliances led to collective action, practice rhetoric and debate to influence others’ opinions, and create persuasive broadsides and placards as practiced in 18th-century Boston.

The program is designed to help students learn important 21st-century skills, including creativity and innovation, critical thinking and problem solving, teamwork and collaboration, communication and arts presentation, and global awareness, while learning about and presenting Boston’s rich 18th-century history.

Students will use their newfound knowledge about the unrest in 1773 to debate during the reenactment of a Tea Act town meeting, which led to the famous Boston Tea Party and, ultimately, helped ignite the American Revolution.  On Wednesday, April 24 at 9:15 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., students portraying their own Revolutionary-era characters in self-made costumes invite fellow students, teachers, parents, administrators, and local politicians to sympathize with their opposing cause as they argue and persuade onlookers as they bring history to life.

For more information regarding the Town Meeting Program, please call the Freedom Trail Foundation at (617) 357-8300.

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About STARS Residencies Program:
The Massachusetts Cultural Council STARS Residencies (Students and Teachers Working with Artists, Scientists, and Scholars) provide grants to schools to support creative learning residencies of three days or more in the arts, sciences, and humanities. These residencies recognize the vital role that creative learning in the arts, sciences, and humanities plays in the successful education of young people. The arts, sciences, and humanities provide students with much-needed opportunities to uncover hidden talents, discover and express their own ideas, build confidence, explore the natural world, and understand their place in history and the community. For many students, this creative learning inspires them to come to school and stay in school. Cultural partners - teaching artists, scientists, scholars, and cultural organizations - help schools bring creative learning to students, both in and outside the classroom.

About Maria L. Baldwin School: 
Cambridge’s Maria L. Baldwin School values each child's individuality and aims to help every learner achieve personal excellence. The Baldwin School is dedicated to instruction that meets each individual student's needs with the goal of encouraging children to become lifelong learners who will excel in global society. Part of the Cambridge Public Schools system, the Maria L. Baldwin School is located at 85 Oxford Street.

 

About Freedom Trail Foundation:
Established in 1964, the Freedom Trail Foundation’s mission is to market and help preserve the Trail and the 16 sites of the Freedom Trail.  The Foundation promotes the Trail and the sites through its varied visitor services and programs, educational programs, and marketing and public relations efforts.  The Freedom Trail Foundation Preservation Fund supports preservation, rehabilitation and capital projects for official Freedom Trail sites which help avoid, minimize or mitigate adverse effects of the elements and manmade wear and tear of precious 17th, 18th, and 19th century sites.

Freedom Trail® Revolutionary Women Tour Steps Off for Women’s History Month 2-15-2019

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​February 15, 2019   
Contact:  Suzanne Taylor
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Freedom Trail® Revolutionary Women Tour
Steps Off for Women’s History Month

Freedom Trail® Foundation announces the return of the newest 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. Revolutionary Women Tours depart at 12:45 p.m. from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center on Saturdays and Sundays in March, beginning Saturday, March 2.

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 will feature tales of the early religious rebellions of Anne Hutchinson and Mary Dyer, patriotic actions of Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren, abolitionist movements of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Harriet Tubman, prolific writings of authors Phillis Wheatley and Louisa May Alcott, and landmark speeches of Margaret Sanger and Susan B. Anthony, while visiting the places where women’s voices were heard, works published, and were laid to rest.

Led by 18th-century costumed guides, Freedom Trail Foundation’s walking tours are $14 for adults, $12 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 and online at TheFreedomTrail.org – tickets are discounted when purchased online. 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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Explore the Freedom Trail in February - February School Vacation Week Activities

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 8, 2019 (Photos Available)                                                         
Contact: Suzanne Taylor
(617) 357-8300 extension 201
staylor@thefreedomtrail.org

Explore the Freedom Trail in February
African-American Patriots® Tours and February School Vacation Week Activities

February vacation is around the corner, and the Freedom Trail® has plenty of opportunities for the whole family to have fun and keep learning while school is out!  Join in on Walk Into History® Tours to explore the history of the American Revolution and beyond, from Boston Common to Faneuil Hall, daily at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, and 1:00 p.m. from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center (139 Tremont Street).

Celebrate Black History Month on the Freedom Trail by experiencing the African-American Patriots® Tours.  Offered at 12:45 p.m. from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center on Saturdays and Sundays in February, these unique tours highlight the many contributions of African-Americans.  Captivating stories of bravery, great risk, and defiance by black Bostonians unfold during the 90-minute walking tours, zigzagging through the Freedom Trail. For more information about tours or events, please call (617) 357-8300 or visit www.thefreedomtrail.org.

Official Freedom Trail historic sites are offering a full schedule of engaging programs throughout school vacation week, from Saturday, February 16 to Sunday, February 24.  The following is a list of the sites’ exciting activities along the Trail:

Boston Common Frog Pond Winter Camp
Sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation, Winter Camp provides free ice skating for children and families during February school vacation, Monday, February 18 to Friday, February 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Admission includes skate rentals, skating aids, and free hot chocolate and donuts.  Tickets to the camp will be given away daily on a first-come, first-served basis at the Frog Pond starting at 10:00 a.m.  For more information, visit www.highlandstreet.org/programs/community-events/winter-camp

Boston Children’s Winter Festival
The City of Boston’s annual Children’s Winter Festival will return to Boston Common, in partnership with the Highland Street Foundation, on Wednesday, February 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Children and families are invited to enjoy a day of outdoor fun with free games and activities, including a 45-foot-long Toboggan Tunnel mountainous adventure with twin roller lanes, 30-foot-high inflatable Everest Climb N’ Slide, a Ski Lift photo op, and much more.  Visit www.boston.gov/news/boston-common-children%E2%80%99s-winter-festival-returns-february-20 for additional details.

King’s Chapel
King's Chapel invites visitors and families to “ring in” February school vacation week by celebrating the church bell's birthday. After being recast by Paul Revere's bell foundry Revere & Sons, the King's Chapel bell was installed on February 23, 1816. Visitors are invited to tour the bell tower to visit the historic bell, learn about Revere family members who worshiped at King's Chapel, create their own bell at our craft station, and hear bell-ringing throughout the vacation week during regular hours at no cost. Bell and Bones and Art and Architecture Tours will also be offered daily, as well as additional tours to the bell tower. For more information, go to http://www.kings-chapel.org/.

Old South Meeting House
Celebrate Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s birthday month with the Old South Meeting House. Perhaps most famous for his poem “Paul Revere’s Ride,” Longfellow also wrote a poem just for Old South Meeting House. Explore an illustrated timeline of fun facts about Longfellow in Boston’s history, and design your own Longfellow-inspired birthday card. Tuesday through Friday of school vacation week, visitors can collect a “Happy Birthday, Mr. Longfellow!” passport and stamp at the Meeting House, and then visit the Paul Revere House to learn more and complete their passport. Visit www.osmh.org/visit-us/events for details. All activities are included with museum admission.

Old State House
The Old State House is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during February vacation week, with free admission for kids. Take one of more than a dozen daily tours with friendly and knowledgeable guides, enter meticulously-restored period rooms, and see rare treasures of the past. Visitors can sit in the seat of the British Empire's colonial power and stand on the site of the Boston Massacre. The Hands-on History rooms invite children and adults alike to explore the building's long history and pivotal role in American Independence through interactive exhibits. For more information, visit www.bostonhistory.org.

Faneuil Hall
Crack British codes and solve mysteries to aid the revolutionary patriots, daily from Saturday, February 16 to Sunday, February 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This free activity will be held in the Find Your Park space on the lower level. Visit www.nps.gov/bost or call (617) 242-5642 for more information.

Paul Revere House
The Paul Revere House offers two drop-in activity sessions called “Exploring Home,” on Tuesday, February 19 and Thursday, February 21 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visitors can design their own piece of block-printed wallpaper and explore materials, techniques, and designs used in three centuries of construction in Boston. Facilitated by a staff member, families will have a chance to see historic building materials up close and learn about the architecture found in and around the Paul Revere House. This activity is free with admission to the Revere House. For further information about the Revere House, please visit www.paulreverehouse.org.

Old North Church and Historic Site
The Old North Church and Historic Site is open daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during February school vacation week. Visitors can join guided Behind the Scenes Tours to climb the steps into the bell-ringing chamber, learn about its 18th-century bells, and then descend down into the historic crypt where over 1,100 bodies are interred.  Families are encouraged to play Prince's Prowl, an interactive e-adventure created with first-time visitors in mind. Guests will learn all about how colonial chocolate was made from costumed interpreters at Captain Jackson's Historic Chocolate - and can enjoy a sample of colonial drinking chocolate and experience this rich 18th-century treat. For more information on hours, tours, and activities, visit www.oldnorth.com.

USS Constitution Museum
Inspired by the different ship designs on display in Masters of Miniature the 40th annual Model Ship Show, the USS Constitution Museum’s Maritime Festival invites visitors to build their own ship with LEGO® and DUPLO® Bricks! In the hands of a creative kid – or kid at heart – a pile of colorful bricks can become an aircraft carrier or USS Constitution. The nautical fun continues with a “Float Your Boat” LEGO® Challenge, “Picture Yourself” LEGO® Selfie Masks, a scavenger hunt through the Masters of Miniature exhibit, and much more. These activities are offered daily from Saturday, February 16 to Sunday, February 24 and are free with entrance into the museum. Visit https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org/event/masters-of-miniature-best-of-the-best/ for information on the Masters of Miniature and events.

Charlestown Navy Yard
The Charlestown Navy Yard Visitor Center invites visitors to try their hand at tying four basic knots at the “Knot Challenge” from Saturday, February 16 to Sunday, February 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Additionally, the Center offers a hands-on drop-in activity on Saturday, February 16 and Saturday, February 23 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. where students can explore translating Morse code, building circuits, riveting a ribbon bracelet, and more tasks done by the shipbuilding women of the U.S. Navy.  Call (617) 242-5601 or visit www.nps.gov/bost for more information.

Bunker Hill Monument & Museum
The Bunker Hill Museum invites guests to be the builder of their own Bunker Hill Monument out of paper. This creative activity is offered daily from Saturday, February 16 to Sunday, February 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Call (617) 242-7275 or visit www.nps.gov/bost for more information.

For additional information regarding Freedom Trail activities in February, please call (617) 357-8300 or visit TheFreedomTrail.org.

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Celebrate Black History Month on the Freedom Trail®- African-American Patriots® Tours 1-10-19

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  January 10, 2019 (Photos available)
Contact: Suzanne Taylor
(617) 357-8300 extension 201
staylor@thefreedomtrail.org

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Celebrate Black History Month on the 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 2, 2019 and are held regularly in February on Saturdays and Sundays departing at 12:45 p.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 red 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.

Ideal for groups, schools, residents and those visiting the city, 90-minute African-American Patriots Tours are regularly offered throughout February to the public, and are available year-round for schools or private groups by reservation. Affordable tickets may be purchased at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center at $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and $8 for children under 12, and discounted tickets may be purchased online at TheFreedomTrail.org.

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 Strolls 10-30-18

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2018  (Photos Available)                         
Contact:  Suzanne Taylor
(617) 357-8300 extension 201
staylor@thefreedomtrail.org

Celebrate the Holidays on Boston’s Historic Freedom Trail®
Historic Holiday Strolls Begin November 15

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 the American Revolution, 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 Thursdays through Sundays at 3:30 p.m. from November 15 through January 2019.

Led by 19th-century Dickensian costumed guides departing from the ArtsBoston Booth at Faneuil Hall, the Strolls are complete with a tour of holiday lights and Christmas trees along the Freedom Trail, plus an exclusive visit to the Omni Parker House for signature refreshments and world-famous Boston Cream Pie.  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 (valid with any Historic Holiday Stroll receipt from November through February).  As a special bonus all participants are entered to win a brunch for two at the award-winning Parker’s Restaurant at the Omni Parker House.

Tickets are $29 for adults and $19 for children, and reservations are required 24 hours in advance. The Freedom Trail Historic Holiday Strolls may also be booked as a private group tour.

“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 Historic Holiday Strolls bring history to life and are an ideal annual tradition and perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.”

The Freedom Trail Foundation continues to offer daily public Walk Into History® Tours throughout the season and during the winter months.  Additionally, the Freedom Trail’s Historic Pub Crawl, all about fermenting revolution in Boston’s 18th-century drinking establishments, which must be booked by reservation, is offered weekly on Tuesday evenings at 5:30 p.m.  All Freedom Trail tours are available as private family or group tours by reservation.  For reservations and more information please call (617) 357-8300.

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Discover Boston's Freedom Trail After Dark - Lantern Tours Return 8-24-18

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 24, 2018  (Photos Available)                         
Contact:  Suzanne Taylor
(617) 357-8300 extension 201
staylor@thefreedomtrail.org

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

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, September 20 through October 25 and Saturdays, October 6 through 27, at 7:00 p.m. from the ArtsBoston Booth at Faneuil Hall.

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. 

Visiting locations such as the site of the Boston Massacre 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, the Lantern Tours wind their way along the Freedom Trail. Featuring both the Granary Burying Ground and King’s Chapel Burying Ground, the tour illuminates these sites as the final resting places of convicted pirates, victims of vicious murders, and others connected to Boston’s less-illustrious past. Lantern Tours culminate at Boston Common, where one of Boston’s most notorious murder victims is commemorated and accused witches and villains met their fate. 

“The Lantern Tours invite residents and visitors to explore Boston’s iconic Freedom Trail after dark,” said Suzanne Taylor, Executive Director of the Freedom Trail Foundation. “It’s exciting for people to experience Boston’s true, haunting history with Freedom Trail Players who bring the gruesome side of the Revolutionary period to life.”

Led by 18th-century costumed guides, Freedom Trail Foundation walking tours are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors/students, and $8 for children, and include 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 ArtsBoston Booth at Faneuil Hall (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday – Sunday), the Boston Common Visitor Information Center (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), Cheers Retail Gift Shop at Faneuil Hall Marketplace (10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.), and online at TheFreedomTrail.org – tickets are discounted when purchased online. For more information, please contact the Freedom Trail Foundation at (617) 357-8300 or visit TheFreedomTrail.org.

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Summer Fun on the Freedom Trail® - Freedom Trail’s Expanded Summer Tour Schedule 7-5-18

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 5, 2018  (Photos Available)                         
Contact:  Suzanne Taylor
(617) 357-8300 extension 201
staylor@thefreedomtrail.org

Summer Fun on the Freedom Trail®
Freedom Trail’s Expanded Summer Tour Schedule  

Now celebrating the 67th anniversary of the Freedom Trail, the Freedom Trail Foundation’s 18th-century costumed guides are out on the Trail in full force offering an expanded menu of fun and educational tours.  Since 1951, the Freedom Trail has invited throngs of local residents and visitors from nations far and wide to enjoy Boston’s rich history and the 16 official Freedom Trail historic sites.  With over 4 million people walking the iconic red line and visiting historic treasures each year, the expanded tour schedule will offer more daily opportunities to help experience the Freedom Trail to its fullest.  

Led by Freedom Trail® Players – 18th-century costumed guides – Walk Into History® Tours are the official 90-minute walking tours of the Freedom Trail featuring tales of high treason, mob agitations, revolutionary actions, and partisan fights, walking to 11 of Boston’s historic Freedom Trail sites to and from Boston Common and Faneuil Hall. The North End Tour features stops along the Trail including the Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, and other historic places in Boston’s oldest neighborhood. 

The Freedom Trail Foundation’s current tour schedule offers Walk Into History® Tours from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center on the hour every hour, daily, from
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and at 2:30 p.m. Additionally, the Foundation offers tours departing from the ArtsBoston booth at Faneuil Hall including Walk Into History® Tours daily at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m., and North End Tours daily at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. 

In July and August, the schedule will expand further to include late-day Walk Into History® Tours offered from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center daily at 4:30 p.m. Additionally, unique and exciting Pirates & Patriots Tours step off from the ArtsBoston booth at Faneuil Hall on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 p.m. This popular seasonal tour explores the underbelly of 18th-century Boston, twisting and turning through the roads, alleys, and docks frequented by swashbucklers, hired guns, mercenaries, and merchants of colonial America.

Freedom Trail Foundation walking tours are $14 for adults, $12 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, ArtsBoston booths at Faneuil Hall and Copley Square, Cheers Gift Shop in Quincy Market, Old Town Trolley locations and ticket booths, and online at TheFreedomTrail.org – tickets are discounted when purchased online.

The Historic Pub Crawl, all about fermenting revolution in Boston’s 18th-century taverns, is offered on Tuesday evenings at 5:30 p.m. and tickets are $43 for adults 21 years or older (reservations must be made via phone).

Freedom Trail tours complement an array of events, exhibits, and activities along the Freedom Trail for adults and children, history buffs, and curious visitors – commemorating the American Revolution, and more exciting chapters of the American story. All walking tours and the Historic Pub Crawl are available for group tours year-round by appointment and are perfect for tourist groups, family outings, birthday parties, company parties, corporate activities, and more.

For more information about the Freedom Trail’s 67th anniversary, tours, events, exhibits, activities, and to make tour reservations, please visit TheFreedomTrail.org or call
(617) 357-8300.

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Boston's Freedom Trail® Springs Into the Season - Walk Into History® Tours and April School Vacation Week 4-2-18

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 2, 2018  (Photos Available)                         
Contact:  Suzanne Taylor
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Boston’s Freedom Trail® Springs into the Season
Freedom Trail Foundation Tour Schedule Expands and April School Vacation Week Activities at Official Freedom Trail Sites

Freedom Trail Foundation’s 18th-century costumed guides will be out on the Trail in full force this spring, offering more opportunities to bring history to life.

The Freedom Trail Foundation’s current tour schedule offers Walk Into History® Tours daily at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center. The schedule will grow to include a 10:30 a.m. Walk Into History Tour, starting on April 7, and a 1:30 p.m. North End Tour, starting on April 14, both departing from the ArtsBoston Booth at Faneuil Hall, and a 3:00 p.m. Walk Into History Tour, starting on April 14, departing from the Boston Common Visitor Information Center. Tour offerings will continue to expand throughout the spring for residents and visitors alike.

Walk Into History Tours are the official 90-minute walking tour of the Freedom Trail featuring tales of revolutionary actions, high treason, mob agitations, and partisan fights, walking to 11 of Boston’s historic Freedom Trail sites to and from Boston Common and Faneuil Hall. North End Tours feature stops along the Trail including the Paul Revere House, Old North Church, Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, and other historic places in Boston’s oldest neighborhood. 

Led by 18th-century costumed guides, Freedom Trail Foundation walking tours are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors/students, and $8 for children. Tickets may be purchased at the Visitor Information Center on Boston Common, ArtsBoston Booth at Faneuil Hall, Old Town Trolley locations and ticket booths, Cheers retail gift shop at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and online at TheFreedomTrail.org – tickets are discounted when purchased online.

Freedom Trail sites are offering special events for students, families, and visitors during April School Vacation Week, Monday, April 16 through Friday, April 20. Enjoy scavenger hunts at King’s Chapel, experience revolutionary Boston at the Paul Revere House, participate in the USS Constitution Museum’s Teamwork Week, listen to poetry performances at the Old South Meeting House, make colonial arts and crafts at the Old State House, celebrate alongside the Old North Church for the 243rd Anniversary Lantern Ceremony, and watch the Patriots’ Day Parade at Boston City Hall.

For a schedule of Freedom Trail historic sites activities as well as an updated tour schedule, please call (617) 357-8300 or visit TheFreedomTrail.org.

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Redcoats Are Coming! to Occupy Boston’s Freedom Trail® - Changing the Guard Program 5-28-18

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 29, 2018  (Photos Available)                         
Contact:  Suzanne Taylor
(617) 357-8300 extension 201
staylor@thefreedomtrail.org

Redcoats Are Coming! to Occupy Boston’s Freedom Trail®
British Changing the Guard in Downtown Boston Business Improvement District

In the years leading up to American independence, thousands of British soldiers occupied the City of Boston as a response to the revolutionary resistance of the townspeople. The soldiers were an unavoidable presence as they trained, guarded, and policed civilians, and went about their daily lives within the colonial town.  This spring and summer, the Freedom Trail Foundation and Downtown Boston Business Improvement District (BID®) offer the opportunity to experience British soldiers in 18th-century Redcoat uniforms reenact guard duty like it’s 1775.  The Freedom Trail Changing the Guard will take place each week from May through October, Thursday through Sunday, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m.

This historical program utilizes 18th-century costumed Freedom Trail® Players who bring the actions and atmosphere of British-occupied Boston to life. Spectators can meet the soldiers and learn about their postings in the colonial Boston environment as they “occupy” Downtown Boston on Washington, Summer, and Winter Streets.

“Downtown Crossing and the surrounding area is the perfect setting for the Changing the Guard reenactment as this is where the many British barracks once stood,” said Rosemarie Sansone, President & CEO of the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District (BID). “This exciting activity gives thousands of visitors a fascinating view of history while they enjoy the many attractions of the district.”

“The Freedom Trail Foundation is thrilled to offer this fun and educational program at such an important, historic location with Downtown Boston BID®,” said Suzanne Taylor, Executive Director of the Freedom Trail Foundation. “Changing the Guard is a unique and popular activity in Boston, and will bring more history to life in Downtown Boston again this year for everyone to enjoy.”

For more information about Changing the Guard, please call the Freedom Trail Foundation at (617) 357-8300 or visit TheFreedomTrail.org.

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