In addition to covering the history and historical locations that have made Boston one of the brightest lights in the story of our great country, this new addition to our library of tours also delves into the people and places that have made Boston, (among other things!,) the Athens of America.
From the often political broadsheets and pamphlets to the newspapers, meeting places, and publishing houses that fed the flames of revolution and civil disobedience, to the lesser-known rascals and writers who continue to shape our city, this is an alternative history you will not want to miss.
The tour will cover Boston's first major publisher once stood, be guided past JFKs' secret hideaway, and cover one of the nation's oldest and most active private scholars libraries. They will learn of Smokey Bacons' exclusive salon that operated until her death in 2015. Important revolutionary sites and events, many whose notoriety and significance are owed to Boston presses and Benjamin Franklins' remarkable tenure as Postmaster General are included on the tour.
Guests will follow this literary trail past the Old Bookstore, a frequent meeting place for the likes of Thoreau and Emerson. Additionally, on our walk we will discuss the mystery of Edgar Allan Poe's last days: (Baltimore? Perhaps.), along with curious Boston legends and truths, and much more!
These locations, among others, make up this fascinating, alternative history of ''The City on The Hill.'
WHERE: Meet your guide at Boston Common outside the Park St. MBTA Station
The tour ends at the James Michael Curley Statue next to Faneuil Hall.
Duration: Approximately 2 hours. Tour distance is approximately 1 mile (1.6K)
When: View our full tour schedule.
This tour runs year-round
Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it's done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone's budget.
Save even more money with a Boston tourist discount pass.