Recommendation by Lemi
Coming up after the Old South Meeting House, the original State House parks stubbornly in the midst of towering office buildings. At over 300 years of age, the Old State House was the original venue for the Massachusetts General Court before they moved to the Massachusetts State House in 1798. An independent spirit sparked here when local lawyer, James Otis, campaigned against British policies. He is famously quoted for the words, “Taxation without representation is tyranny.” It is only fitting that the Declaration of Independence was first read to the people of Boston here on July 18, 1776, as it signalled a new era for the emerging nation. Browse through a miscellany of items that have survived through the tides of time: arms from the Battle of Lexington and Bunker Hill, the suit of the first governor of Massachusetts, and tea saved from the Boston Tea Party’s lost crates. Just outside, a cobblestone ring remembers the civilian casualties of the Boston Massacre.