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Old South Meeting House
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Owner description: 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 secret signal to throw 340 crates of tea into Boston Harbor, colonists came to the Meeting House to protest British rule.
Reviewed June 24, 2012

Along the Freedom Trail is the Old South Meeting House, which is the building where meetings took place to plan out the Boston Tea Party. This building throughout its history has served as a meeting place for various topics that were considered revolutionary at the time, from fighting the British to declaring an end to slavery. This is the type of place where Free Speech in America really took root.

When in the building, you'll be able to learn about the various types of causes which started in this very building as well as see some related artifacts.

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Reviewed May 15, 2012

And, the REAL Tea Party. A beautiful New England congregational meeting house that is loaded with history. The history of the socially progressive side of the US. The Boston Tea Party was planned here, the abolitionist movement nurtured here, Union soldiers recruited here. The congregation outgrew this lovely building in 1873 and built Back Bay's grand and picturesque Old South Church in Copley Square.

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Reviewed April 29, 2012

Fascinating for its history, but not very compelling externally and even less so internally. The space inside is fairly bland and the contents are limited to a few display type boards. So worth seeing if you are on the Freedom Trail, but you will not miss anything much if you forgo paying the admission and seeing the inside.

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Reviewed March 11, 2012

Though we've visited the museum before and enjoyed it, we didn't do that part of the tour today. Instead, we headed to Boston today with the specific purpose of listening to Paul Revere's bell in the Old South Meeting House.

Not long ago on NPR, we heard an article about it--that it was recently hoisted into the belfry. Standing on that site and hearing it ring made me shiver-- it was truly wonderful.

The sound is gorgeous-- I had tears in my eyes thinking of the awesomeness of that bell. Worth a listen, for sure!

3  Thank KraZ4food
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Reviewed December 26, 2011

The Boston Tea Party happened on December 16, 1773. One of the great events that led to the American Revolution. A wonderful day for America. Although, at the time, local patriots were uneasy and everybody knew that the English would be furious.

I visited the Old South Meetinghouse on December 16, 2011, to celebrate. Nothing much was happening. I was given a free cup of tea and that was the only thing surprising. If you're looking for inspiration and excitement, go elsewhere.

Yes, it really is a ho-hum place and I imagine that many tourists must be bored stiff when they walk around the exhibits. I wish that I had a way to make the place more interesting. This should be a popular place on the Freedom Trail.

Maybe someone should explain the British East India Company..... It was one of the first global corporations and it had enormous political influence in London. The English government gave the Company a monopoly on the American tea trade. There was a small tax on tea but it was just a trifle. What enraged the Americans was the way that they were being manipulated by the empire-builders.

Maybe somebody should talk about tea, coffee, sugar, cocoa, and some of the other plantation products that were traded in the global economy during the 1700s. That,
too, is an interesting set of stories. And the stories are still important and they need to be told in today's global economy. Maybe this is the place to start. Why not?

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