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- Faneuil Hall
- THE AMERICAS
- Alt Name:
- United States
- American Revolution
- 1700AD - 1799AD
- Samuel Adams
- Old State House - Boston, Paul Revere House,
Old South Meeting House - Boston, Old North Church - Boston,
about Faneuil Hall
Faneuil Hall in Boston was constructed in 1742 by wealthy merchant, Peter Faneuil and although it burnt down in 1761, was rebuilt the next year. Faneuil intended the brick building to be a centre of commerce, a function which it still fulfils today.
However, it was during the eighteenth century that Faneuil Hall served an important historical role in the build up to the American War of Independence.
Protest against British rule
As Bostonian discontent grew over British laws, protests took place and, in 1764, Faneuil Hall was the scene of the first of these protests, specifically objecting to the Stamp Act and the Sugar Act followed by further demonstrations against British legislation up to 1774.
Several famous Americans gave rousing speeches at Faneuil Hall, including Samuel Adams, whose statue stands at its entrance.
The weather vane
Faneuil Hall’s grasshopper weather vane is also famous in its own right, acting as it did as a test to check whether people were British spies during the American War of Independence. Only Americans were thought to have known its function and suspected spies were questioned about it. If they didn't know its purpose, they were considered spies. It remains a symbol of Boston.
Cradle of Liberty
Faneuil Hall is now known as the “Cradle of Liberty”. It underwent extensive renovations in 1806 and 1989 and today, much of Faneuil Hall is made up of shopping and social venues. However, many original features remain, including the meeting hall.
It is now part of the Boston’s Freedom Trail, which takes visitors through Boston’s history as it relates to the American War of Independence as well as forming part of the Boston National Historical Park.
Guided tours are conducted by the Freedom Trail organisation, but you can also visit independently. Historical talks take place every half an hour.
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Address: Faneuil Hall Square, Boston, MA 02109
Phone: 617-242-5642 (Visitor Center)
Travel by MBTR subway to Haymarket or Aquarium Stations. Alternatively, follow the red pavement markings of the Freedom Trail.
Faneuil Hall is open daily 9am to 5pm, except during city sponsored events and entry is free.
Quincy Market is full of restaurants and shops.
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