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Faneuil Hall Marketplace & Old South Meeting House, Boston

Faneuil Hall Marketplace combines four great places in one location -Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market, all set around a cobblestone streets where street perfomers entertain anyone passing by. It’s a place to shop, eat, people watch, be entertained and explore.Faneuil Hall was donated to the city of Boston in 1742 from a wealthy merchant, Peter Faneuil. His wanted to promote healthy competition and opened it as a place for merchants to sell their products. This is also the spot where citizens rallied to stand up against and eventually break apart from Great Britain. Many important speakers from Ted Kennedy to Susan B. Anthony have also spoken here.

In the 1970’s the once thriving area started to fall and was at risk of being demolished– until a passionate group of Bostonians set out to preserve it. Luckily, it still remains Boston central meeting place.The first floor still runs as a market, the second floor is the Great Hall, where town meeting were held and on the third floor is a museum of armory and ancient artillery.

It’s also known as the “Cradle of Liberty” and is one of sixteen spots along the Freedom Trail. 

The Old South Meeting House was built in 1729 as a place for Puritans to worship. It is best known as the site of where the Boston Tea Party began. In 1773, more than 5,000 colonists rallied at the Old South Meeting House to protest the tax on tea. After many hours of debate, protesters stormed out of the Old South Meeting House to the waterfront where they dumped three shiploads of tea into Boston Harbor. They changed American history forever.Today, the Old South Meeting House is a museum where visitors can view the reenactments of the Boston Tea Party debates. 

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