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Old South Meeting House

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Address: 310 Washington St, Boston, MA 02108-4616
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   No Tax on Tea! This was the decision on December 16, 1773,...

   No Tax on Tea! This was the decision on December 16, 1773, when 5,000 angry colonists gathered at Old South Meeting House to protest a tax...and started a revolution with the Boston Tea Party! Built in 1729, Old South Meeting House was the largest building in colonial Boston. From outraged protests over the Boston Massacre, to the night when Samuel Adams gave the secre3t signal to throw 340 crates of tea into Boston Harbor, colonists came to the Meeting House to protest British rule.

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This historic old church is worth a visit as you a strolling through Boston. Perhaps not the highlight in a city with so much history, but it is on the freedom trail. When you... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 December 2016
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

First of all, this charming 3-story house within 2 blocks of Quincy Market was built in 1713 and retains its original charm. You get in free to the museum inside with a historical trolley tour ticket. The spiral staircase runs the entire 3 stories and each level is very well preserved. It contains one of Paul Revere's lanterns, a cannon... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is really not a whole lot to see but if you are a history buff and want to be in the place where tax protests lead to the Boston Tea Party then this is for you.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building is original and gives you a good feeling for the atmosphere of the times. Being able to walk and sit in history's footsteps makes the past more real and present

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

This historic old church is worth a visit as you a strolling through Boston. Perhaps not the highlight in a city with so much history, but it is on the freedom trail. When you get there step across the road and look at the memorial to the Irish Famine and Boston's response to that famine. it is quite well done... More 

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Conroe, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

What an describable experience sitting at one of these pews. We just sat there and soaked it all in until a field trip group came in. A great piece of history!

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Boston MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Also near the HQ of the parks service so you can get lots of brochures and maps, arrange tours. Worth a visit to start getting to know Boston's history and culture.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

This is one of the Must See spots in Boston, go on a tour with a guide and let them tell you all about it or just ask the park ranger outside to tell you everything about the Old South Meeting House.

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Liverpool, England
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Very interesting site with good information boards to give historical context of this important site. If possible use a good tour guide who will bring the site to even more life

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Such an important historical site. It may seem just like a church but when you realize who was there and how they influenced the American Revolution you realize how important this place is

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

When you walk in the doors you think it's just a building with pews in it - but thankfully I had an awesome tour guide who led me through the entire history and exhibit of the place and it was so fascinating! It's one of the few on the freedom trail that charge - and I personally think it's well... More 

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