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Massachusetts

Boston: Birthplace of American Liberty

Explore Boston, a city of great social and cultural heritage, as you visit its landmarks and learn about revolutionary events alongside scholarly experts and friendly locals.
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Program No. 5717RJ
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Massachusetts

Boston: Birthplace of American Liberty

Explore Boston, a city of great social and cultural heritage, as you visit its landmarks and learn about revolutionary events alongside scholarly experts and friendly locals.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,749
Length
6 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
1,749
Program No. 5717RJ

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Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
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Jun 5 - Jun 10, 2022
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Jun 19 - Jun 24, 2022
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Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
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May 7 - May 12, 2023
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At a Glance

Discover one of America’s most historic cities by retracing the steps of Samuel Adams, John Hancock and Paul Revere. Learn how American independence was born in Massachusetts as you walk along the Freedom Trail. Led by expert instructors, explore the city’s historic sites such as Faneuil Hall and Bunker Hill, beacons of Boston’s revolutionary past.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to 2.5 miles per day; some cobblestones and hills.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Explore the Boston Massacre site, Granary Burying Ground, Old South Meeting House and the Old State House.
  • Visit Paul Revere’s home in Boston’s historic North End neighborhood, and see where the famed lanterns were hung at the Old North Church.
  • Relive the first days of the Revolution at Old North Bridge, along the path from Lexington to Concord.

General Notes

Public transportation and ferries used.
Featured Expert
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Charles Bahne
Charles Bahne is a Boston historian and author of "The Complete Guide to Boston’s Freedom Trail and Chronicles of Old Boston." Charlie graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a major in Urban Studies and Planning, focusing on urban history. He then worked in some of the city’s historic sites and museums, and became a seasonal Park Ranger with Boston National Historical Park. He left the National Park Service in 1985 to publish his Freedom Trail book, which has now sold more than 500,000 copies. Since 1997, Charlie has also taught many Road Scholar programs about Boston and its role in the American Revolution.

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Charles Bahne is a Boston historian and author of "The Complete Guide to Boston’s Freedom Trail and Chronicles of Old Boston." Charlie graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a major in Urban Studies and Planning, focusing on urban history. He then worked in some of the city’s historic sites and museums, and became a seasonal Park Ranger with Boston National Historical Park. He left the National Park Service in 1985 to publish his Freedom Trail book, which has now sold more than 500,000 copies. Since 1997, Charlie has also taught many Road Scholar programs about Boston and its role in the American Revolution.
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Gayle Felix has been a Road Scholar Group Leader since 2015. With a history degree from Boston University, she enjoys sharing Boston’s history as well as discovering new places. Gayle leads a variety of programs in New England and Washington, D.C. as well those focusing on politics and music in Cape Cod and Maine. During her free time, Gayle spends time with her family and friends biking, kayaking, and traveling.
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Nancy Coolidge View biography
After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, Nancy Coolidge attended the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in business administration and subsequently worked in a bank trust department. In 1979, she became a founding Trustee of the Lynch Foundation. She later moved to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (SPNEA), where she served as staff director from 1983 to 1992. She has since led groups to maritime Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia, and Antarctica. She continues her work with the Lynch Foundation.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Muse of the Revolution: The Secret Pen of Mercy Otis Warren and the Founding of a Nation
by Nancy Rubin Stuart
The story of a remarkable woman sister of one leading patriot and wife of another who played a surprising role in shaping political thinking during the Revolution, then wrote an early history of those events.
Paul Revere’s Ride
by David Hackett Fischer
A modern history of events that led up to the famous ride, and of the fighting that occurred later that day.
A New Age Now Begins: A People's History of the American Revolution
by Page Smith
The best detailed history of the American Revolution; part of the author's eight-volume history of the United States.
Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party & the Making of America
by Benjamin L. Carp
A good discussion of the issues and events that culminated in the destruction of the tea in 1773.
As If an Enemy's Country: The British Occupation of Boston and the Origins of Revolution
by Richard Archer
Describes events that led up to the Boston Massacre, and the Massacre itself.
The Glorious Cause: The American Revolution, 1763–1789
by Robert Middlekauff
From "The Oxford History of the United States" series, a good one-volume study of the Revolution from both a political and military perspective.
Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past
by Ray Raphael
Examines some legends of the American Revolution that have become “accepted fact” in our history books, and digs out the story of what really happened.
1776
by David McCullough
The story of one momentous year, from the evacuation of Boston through the disastrous New York campaign. The illustrated edition includes reproductions of significant historical documents.
The Minutemen and their World
by Robert A. Gross
A fascinating study of the farmers and townsmen of Concord in the years before they gathered at North Bridge.
Lexington and Concord: The Beginning of the War of the American Revolution
by Arthur Bernon Tourtellot
A detailed yet readable history of the events of April 19, 1775.
Decisive Day: The Battle for Bunker Hill
by Richard M. Ketchum
A readable narrative of the first major battle of the American Revolution.
Masquerade: The Life and Times of Deborah Sampson
by Alfred F. Young
True story of a young woman who enlisted and served in the Continental Army.
Paul Revere and the World He Lived In
by Esther Forbes
Although it was published 70 years ago, this outstanding book is still the best available overview of what happened in Boston in the 1760s and 1770s. Not just a biography of Paul Revere, it describes life and politics during this tumultuous period. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
The First American Revolution: Before Lexington and Concord
by Ray Raphael
Tells the little-known story of how residents of rural Massachusetts effectively overthrew the royal government, without force, seven months before the first shots were fired.





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