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Boston in Suffolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The Old State House

 
 
The Old State House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2009
1. The Old State House Marker
Inscription. The Old State House, Bostonís oldest public building, was built in 1713 as the seat of British colonial government. Here the Royal Governor and the Massachusetts Assembly debated the Stamp Acts and the Writs of Assistance. The Declaration of Independence was first read to Bostonians from the east balcony on July 18, 1776.

The building served as the State House until 1798, and was also Bostonís City Hall from 1830 to 1841.
 
Erected by The Boston Landmarks Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 42° 21.527′ N, 71° 3.438′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. Marker is at the intersection of State Street and Congress Street, on the right when traveling west on State Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boston MA 02108, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Old State House (here, next to this marker); The Freedom Trail (a few steps from this marker); The Boston Massacre (a few steps from this marker); Site of the First Meeting House in Boston Built A.D. 1632
Marker on Boston's Old State House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2009
2. Marker on Boston's Old State House
The Old State House is one of the sites along the route of Boston's Freedom Trail.
(a few steps from this marker); Captain Robert Keayne (within shouting distance of this marker); New England Courant (within shouting distance of this marker); Bunch of Grapes Tavern (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Samuel Adams (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Boston.
 
Also see . . .
1. Old State House. Details of the Freedom Trail from the City of Boston website. (Submitted on April 19, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Wikipedia entry for the Boston Massacre. (Submitted on April 19, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. A Behind-the-Scenes Look At Paul Revere's Most Famous Engraving. (Submitted on April 19, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Boston Massacre
 
Categories. Colonial EraNotable BuildingsWar, US Revolutionary
 
The Old State House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2009
3. The Old State House
The balcony where the Declaration of Independence was first read to the people of Boston can be seen in this photo.
Lion and the Unicorn image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2009
4. Lion and the Unicorn
These symbols of England on the Old State House were actually torn down and burned by Patriots at the beginning of the Revolutionary War.
Boston Massacre Site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 14, 2009
5. Boston Massacre Site
This circle of cobblestones, located on a small traffic island in front of the Old State House, marks the site of the Boston Massacre. It is the only indication of the event.
Paul Revere's Engraving of the Boston Massacre image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
6. Paul Revere's Engraving of the Boston Massacre
which occurred in front of the Old State House, March 5, 1770.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,061 times since then and 79 times this year. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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