Introduction to Boston's Downtown
Charlestown, Boston: home to the oldest commissioned Navy ship, the USS Constitution in the equally historic Charlestown Navy Yard, and the picturesque brick townhouses lining up the road along The Freedom Trail leading up to the Bunker Hill Monument.
Behind this quaint-looking, laidback city is a rich history sure to capture the hearts and imagination of those who would take the time to explore and look closer. Charlestown, Boston is the oldest neighborhood in Massachusetts, originally established by engineer Thomas Graves in 1629. Over the years, its population grew from a predominantly Irish-American constituency to a more diverse mix of ethnicities, thanks to the influx of immigrants and young professionals alike.
Today, it is known for stylish, colorful houses near the waterfront, and with a direct line of sight to the captivating Boston skyline.
A Walk in History in Charlestown
Another historical relevance of Charlestown is that it was where Paul Revere started his pivotal “midnight ride” before the Lexington and Concord battles. Throughout the city, plenty more notable locations related to the American Revolution can be found.
There is the Warren Tavern, opened in 1780 and named after Dr. Joseph Warren, American Patriot. He was a key figure in the Revolution as the one who ordered Paul Revere and William Dawes to send out the alert to Samuel Adams and John Hancock about the impending raid of the British on the town of Concord. It is later on claimed to be Revere’s favorite hangout spot.
If you want to learn more about the Revolution, there’s no better place to visit than a museum. The Battle of Bunker Hill Museum has a comprehensive array of information, catalogue, memorabilia, and more one of the most defining moments in American history.
Even the church in Charlestown, the St. Mary - St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church is worth going for a visit, thanks to its impressive design and features, such as the hammer-beam oak ceiling. Feast your eyes on this architectural work of art situated on the corner of Warren and Winthrop, with its exquisite angel details and breathtaking stained glass arrangements, bathing in sunlight.
Looking to simply sit down and relax while taking in the sights? Head on over to Pier 6 and grab a refreshing drink as you enjoy the panoramic sights of the harbor and, not too far away, the Boston skyline. It’s also a plus that it’s just around the corner from the USS Constitution, making it a perfect pit stop after your historic viewing of the famed ship.
No excursion is complete without even a little souvenir. The city may be quaint and has a “Townie” feel, but it certainly does have enough boutique choices for you to enjoy, such as those along Main St.
These, of course, are but a few of the activities you can do as you explore Boston and its city of Charlestown. There’s plenty more to see and do, so don’t skip out on Charlestown should you find yourself in Boston. Have a fun-filled, educational, productive day travelling!