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“An Impoertant Stop in Boston”

Site of the Boston Massacre
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Downtown Freedom Trail Walking Tour in Boston
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Owner description: A circle of cobblestones in the street outside the Old State House marks the spot where British soldiers fired on a crowd, the event which many believe was the start of the Revolutionary War.
Louisville, Kentucky
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“An Impoertant Stop in Boston”
Reviewed 22 April 2014

Do not go here expecting a spectacular marker filled with artifacts and the like. This spot only is identified with a monument placed in the concrete in front of the old state house. However, given the event that took place on this spot the fact that it is understated is very appropriate. To stand in the spot where one of those seminal moments of our countries birth is an important experience. I hope others will visit and will be reminded of how important an event this was.

Visited April 2014
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“Another fascinating freedom trail locale”
Reviewed 16 April 2014 via mobile

Walking the Freedom Trail brings you to this historical location. It is a low key but clearly identified monument on the ground in front of the old state house.

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Avon, Ohio
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“Easy to Miss the Understated Marker”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

Located along the Freedom Trail in front of the Old State House on the corner of State and Devonshire Streets, one needs to look down to locate the circle of cobblestones commemorating the site of the Boston Massacre where five colonists were killed by British soldiers on March 5, 1770 during a minor dispute that turned into a riot. While not really much of a massacre, the minimal commemoration of such an important historical event is a bit disappointing. The victims of the “massacre” are buried about three or four blocks away at the must see Granary Burial Grounds on Tremont Street.

Visited May 2013
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Brisbane, Queensland
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“Blink and miss it”
Reviewed 3 March 2014

I went to Boston in February, which meant that the massacre site marker was buried under snow and I had to scrape snow away with my boots in order to see it. It isn't a particularly noticeable or memorable memorial, just a circle of cobblestones. Apparently it does not even mark the exact location of the events of the fateful night but still go and see it to say you've been. It is conveniently located right outside the Old State House and up the street from Faneuil Hall.

Visited February 2014
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“Disappointing marker of an important historical event”
Reviewed 16 February 2014

We found the Site of the Boston Massacre while walking the Freedom Trail during our three days stay in Boston. I say 'found', because for such an important event in American history, you would expect more then only a bronze ring with cobble stones. Although in 1888 an impressive monument was erected on the Boston Common to the five men killed in the massacre. The incident happened on 5th March 1770 in front of the Old State House. British soldiers killed five civilians and injured more when they fired into a crowd. Since 1768 British troops were stationed in Boston to protect officials who enforced unpopular legislation. Growing tension between civilians and the Redcoats was the reason why a mob gathered before the Old State House and provoked the British soldiers. They fired into the crowd without orders. The soldiers were arrested but never really convicted. The Boston Massacre is considered one of the most important events that turned colonial sentiment against King George III and British Parliamentary authority. It was said that the American independence was founded because of the incident and many American patriots referred to the massacre in their speeches. In my opinion the site does not only marks the Boston Massacre, but represents a turning point in American history and deserves a more memorable marker.

Visited July 2013
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