Portrait of a City: Boston North End Walking Tour
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- Explore Boston's historical North End through its back alleys and side streets
- Visit Haymarket, one of the city's longest standing outdoor markets
- Visit Paul Revere's house and the Old North Church
Since its founding in 1630, Boston has been a centre for commerce, political revolution, social innovation, and immigration. Of all the city's neighborhoods none symbolizes and captures the essence of Boston more than its North End, a maze of winding colonial-era streets and the backdrop to some of the most significant moments in American history. During this 3-hour walking seminar with a local historian, you will explore North End's back alleys and side streets, painting a portrait of Boston's evolution from the 17th to the 21st century.
The tour begins near the Blackstone Block, a small network of alleyways and structures dating back to the colonial era. John Hancock lived here, and several of the buildings still stand relatively unaltered from the 18th century. Learn why early settlers chose this neighborhood to call home, and visit Haymarket, one of the city's longest standing outdoor markets.
Tracing the history of the city through commerce, learn about the major developments of the North End as it evolved into one of the busiest shipping ports on the Atlantic seaboard during the colonial era and became America's gateway to Europe. Old storefronts and pubs illustrate the rise of a longshoreman class and shipping industry and paint a portrait of the ethnic and racial changes the North End witnessed as freed blacks and Portuguese whalers settled in the district, followed by Jews, Irish, and eventually Italians.
Old warehouses, wharves, and tenements now converted into cafes, restaurants, and condominiums are symbols of Boston's decline as an economic center in favor of New York during the Industrial Revolution. This colorful, informative tour will provide you with an insider's knowledge of the history and pulse of the city.
- Qualified Guide
- Food and Beverages
Meet your guide in front of the bronze statue of Mayor James Curley, which is located in a small park situated between Congress and Union Streets, just off North Street, about half a block from Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market.
Context walks can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the walk with an 85% refund. Within 48 hours all reservations are final and cannot be refunded. Walks are held rain or shine with some variations to accommodate the weather. If you are running late, please contact the tour provider. No shows are treated as last-minute cancellations and are non-refundable. Cancellations within two business days need to be made directly with the local offices by calling them directly (or on the emergency number provided). Cancellations made via email or by calling the U.S. 800 number may not be honored.
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