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Black Heritage Trail
Ranked #56 of 143 Tours in Boston
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Operated by the National Park Service, this is a walking tour of Boston's 19th-century African-American history. Tthe Black Heritage Trail focuses on the emerging free black community of the 1800s and their leading efforts in the Abolition Movement, the Underground Railroad, and the early struggles for equality and justice. The tour's focus is on the years between 1783 when Massachusetts abolished slavery to 1865 when slavery was abolished nationwide after the Civil War.
Hamilton, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Don't Miss This”
Reviewed May 24, 2013

I learned so much on this guided tour. Our American history books never covered all that I learned, and it answered so many questions that i had. This was one of the highlights of our trip to Boston. The guide was so knowledgeable and added so much we would never have known if we had just walked the trail alone. I can't encourage you enough to take advantage of this free tour.

Visited May 2013
4 Thank NRuthC
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Montreal, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A must see”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

This tour was the best tour I have done during my 2 days in Boston. You meet a Ranger for free and he takes you around beacon hill. Great combination between historical part of the freedom as well a amazing view of this part of the city. A must do.

Visited May 2013
Thank Lau167
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Ottawa, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Not to be missed - amazing tour”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

This walking tour is run by the Park Service so it's free - but it would still be worth every penny whatever they charged. This is a tour that focuses on the experiences of black americans in Boston from their arrival as slaves through emancipation. The houses and buildings you see are interesting, but the fascinating thing about this tour is the encyclopedic knowledge of the guide about individuals and events that shaped Boston society. They have stories about every stop on the tour and relate each stop to a particular individual or event so you can feel - even if just for a moment - the struggle experienced every day for equality and freedom. It was an amazing glimpse of another world for this white Canadian, and I wouldn't have missed it for the world.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank TravellingCanuckYOW
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New York City, New York
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Disappointing self guided tour”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

Interesting and informative information on the Black Heritage Trail. We downloaded the pdf maps of the trail, and wasted an hour playing find the buildings. Our take away from this attempt was, that this is not a tour to take without a guide, because for some unfathomable reason, the locations which are supposed to have such historical significance have no markers.

We spent a lot of time saying, "oops, i think we passed it". Apart from the lack of markers we had to spend way too much time sidestepping dog poop on the cobblestone sidewalks, "pick-up after your dogs, neighbors".

If you too decide to forego the guided tour, then put your map away, meander around Beacon Hill, a charming neighborhood, then relax in the park or one of the many Starbucks and read all about the Black Heritage 'landmarks'.

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Tena W
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Ra'anana, Israel
Level 6 Contributor
90 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“The self guided tour was disappointing”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

We decided to do the self guided tour using the leaflet handed out at the museum so that we could go at our own pace, however, this turned out to be a mistake. The leaflet itself was interesting, however, walking around and seeing the various buildings from the outside didn't really add anything to the experience. If I have the opportunity to go again, I will certainly take a guided tour.

Visited October 2012
2 Thank miss_muriel
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