School History Trip To Boston
Follow the early settlers to the birthplace of modern USA and uncover the history of America’s War of Independence with your young history students.
Visit the site of the Boston Tea Party
Faneuil Hall 'the Cradle of Liberty'
American patriot Paul Revere’s house
The life of the settlers at the Plimoth Plantation
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This 2.5 mile walking tour through the compact city of Boston reveals the rich history of America’s Revolution – the events that led up to the historic break from Britain. It starts at Boston Common and takes in 16 historical sites, including King’s Chapel, the Benjamin Franklin statue, The Old State House, the site of the Boston Massacre, and USS Constitution.
Sometimes referred to as ‘the Cradle of Liberty’, Faneuil Hall has been a marketplace and a meeting hall since 1742. It was the site of several speeches by Samuel Adams, James Otis and others, encouraging independence from Great Britain. The third floor contains the museum and armoury of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts.
Students can see how British treatment of American protestors led to the declaration of independence from the British Empire and the principle of monarchy. The resentments and repressions that led to the roots of modern democratic developments can be traced at the sites of the Boston Massacre in State Street and the Boston Tea Party at the harbour.
Students can learn about the life and times of the famous American patriot Paul Revere at his former home. He is most famous for his ‘Midnight Ride’ from Boston to Lexington, on April 18, 1775, to warn American patriots about advancing British troops. His house, built about 1680, is downtown Boston’s oldest building and is run as a non-profit museum.
This museum, just yards from the vessel known as ‘Old Ironsides’, brings its history to life. Interactive galleries show how the ship has remained undefeated since being launched in 1797. Students can learn about her actions during the War of 1812 against Great Britain, and see how sailors ate a diet of hardtack and grog, and climbed masts 200 feet in the air.
This guided walking tour explores the history of Boston’s 19th century African American community. Run by the Museum of African American History, it takes in the African Meeting House, the Abiel Smith School, and various historic homes. Students learn about the days of slavery, and the development of a free black community in Massachusetts. Photo © Paul Downey.
This living history museum recreates the original settlement of the Plimouth Colony established in the 17th century by English religious dissidents. It would come to have a profound effect on the history and mythology of America. Students interact with actors playing settlers as well as native Wampanoag People. There is also a period ship called Mayflower II. Photo © Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism.
The Battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775 marked the start of open armed conflict between Great Britain and its colonies in North America. Students can visit places linked to the conflict and consider how the rebels managed to organise themselves to defeat the British and how the understanding of “The shot heard ‘round the world” has affected Americans’ understanding of their history.
This Massachusetts city is known for its role as the location of the Salem witch trials of 1692. It has an important place in American history, providing a powerful image that Arthur Miller, among others, found to be one of the strangest and most awful chapters in human history. Students learn about the story and the issues of the abuse of power and gender.
Why groups like it:
Why groups like it:
- Follow the story of the first European settlers and understand their influence on modern America
- See the most important sites of revolutionary Boston, where the War of Independence began
- See how the revolutionary war is commemorated, and find out how its principles are still relevant to the world today
- Follow the Black Heritage trail to understand local Afro-American history
Students will have had an opportunity to:
- See historical sites that shaped the origins of the USA
- Observe how the events in revolutionary Boston resonate in modern America
- Gain a sense of the realities of the settlements and the American Revolution
- Consider a range of issues around citizenship and history
- Gain an understanding of Boston’s Afro-American history
- Consider the significance of events, people and developments in their historical context and in the present day