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Old South Meeting House

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Address: 310 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108
Phone Number: 617-482-6439
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   No Tax on Tea! This was the decision on December 16, 1773,...

   No Tax on Tea! This was the decision on December 16, 1773, when 5,000 angry colonists gathered at Old South Meeting House to protest a tax...and started a revolution with the Boston Tea Party! Built in 1729, Old South Meeting House was the largest building in colonial Boston. From outraged protests over the Boston Massacre, to the night when Samuel Adams gave the secre3t signal to throw 340 crates of tea into Boston Harbor, colonists came to the Meeting House to protest British rule.

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A quick stop on the Freedom Trail

This is where one of the most important decisions for the Independence of the American colonies was made. The decision to "Dump the tea into the sea". The town of Boston held a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 17, 2015
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Oklahoma
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lots of information in this stop on the Freedom Trail. Beautiful meeting house as well. One of my favorite places in Boston.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Another quick, easy, affordable stop along the freedom trail. We had fun and similar to other Freedom Trail sites there is a gift shop with affordable souvenirs.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

This is where one of the most important decisions for the Independence of the American colonies was made. The decision to "Dump the tea into the sea". The town of Boston held a town meeting here to decide what to do with the East India Company tea that needed to be landed in Boston and paid a tax on. Well... More 

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2 Thank maxrebos
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Great venue for a wedding. It was just the perfect place and very reasonably priced. Would suggest for anyone who is looking for just a really nice quaint venue with charm.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Because of time limit, we both chose a couple places to stop along the Freedom Trail and this was one of my husband's choices. He is an absolute history buff and it is a must for anyone who is.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

A landmark from the Revolutionary days, On the Freedom trail. learn about the history of the Revolution and how the Boston folk met to plot their existence.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

Visited this site while my husband was taking a course. Great to be part of such a historical monument. Worthy of trip.

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3 Thank chariotsoffire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Despite being an old building, it has its own charm. It is also one of the visiting points in Boston Freedom Trail.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

The Old South Meeting House (US$6 per adult) is one of the important stops on the Freedom Trail in Boston. Built in 1729, this attraction offers a nice stop to see Georgian period architecture. We particularly liked the modest red brick facade and building steeple. Inside the Old South Meeting House, you can visit the meeting hall, where debates were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Continuing along the impressive "Freedom Trail", we came to this fine building, which dates from 1729, when it was a Puritan house of worship. It seems that it became a base for large meetings of citizens in the lead-in to the American Revolution. Here, for example, people gathered to to challenge British Rule, and to protest at the "Boston Massacre",... More 

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