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The North End of Boston captures the whole essence of the city and its development.
The North End is Boston’s oldest neighborhood, a one-square-mile waterfront community not far from Faneuil Hall with a population of about 10,000. It was founded in 1630 and embodies many of the historical themes that have shaped our country. These include political revolution, social innovation, commerce, and continual immigration that formed the pockets of the city. And of all the city's neighborhoods, none seems to be more indicative of the essence here than the North End. During your walk you will hear and see some of the more significant moments in American history as your guide, a local historian, will help you explore the back alleys and side streets while speaking of a period of time that extends from the 17th to the 21st century.
You begin at the Blackstone Block, which is a small network of structures and alleyways that date back to the colonial era. John Hancock's brother Ebenezer lived in an 18th century home just adjacent to this intersection. Not only will you hear about the history that stems from this neighborhood, you will also understand how the layout of the land, the highs and the lows, played into the development of communities, as swamps were separated from the earliest settlers in Boston allowing for more development. Your route will take you through Haymarket, the longest standing outdoor markets and still the place where 'North Enders' buy their groceries.
While sauntering through this area you will be able to visualize the changes that occurred in Boston and is reflected throughout the United States. As more people flowed into the city from Europe and Africa, they settled among their own which fleshed out the area into a multicultural mix and formed its character. Your walk will take you past the 17th century Paul Revere House as well as the 1723 Old North Church, which is the oldest house of worship in the city.
The industrial revolution can be viewed by the way of development in this area. Fragments of the past and present together, factories grow and diminish, old warehouses, wharves and tenements now turned into cafes, condominiums, and apartments all define the paces that Boston went through in its growth to reach today.
- There is no food or beverages included in this tour.
- Gratuities are appreciated.
- Please dress comfortably and wear good walking shoes.
- This tour runs rain or shine. In case of extreme weather, please call the contact provided.
- This is a private tour for a maximum of 6 people. If your group is larger, please contact ShoreTrips.
- This tour is not recommended for young children.
Days offered: 7 days a week