Please note gratuity is not included in the tour price. Our guides appreciate gratuities or TIPS where earned.
The Heart of the Freedom Trail tour is a walking tour of approx. 1.5 miles. Please consider this if you have health issue that make walking longer distances problematic.
Legacy of Robert Gould Shaw
State House Steps
24 Beacon Street
2.0 hour (approx.)
Boston History Walking Tour
Boston's Premiere Private Civil War Tour!
Experience a Northern Perspective!
Learn the history of the abolition movement and the Civil War as you walk the historic streets of Boston. Hear the stories of local heroes Charles Sumner and William Lloyd Garrison. See where John Wilkes Booth stayed in Boston and where Jefferson Davis spoke. Through the stories of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Julia Ward Howe see how the women of Boston played a crucial role in abolishing slavery and saving the union. Learn all these stories along Boston's Freedom trail from the State House to Quincy Market.
Bastions of the abolitionist movement, Boston and its progressive citizens helped motivate activists across the nation to stand against slavery, thus fanning a flame that contributed to the Civil War. During a 90-minute Boston Civil War tour, groups walk among historically significant sites where figureheads such as Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison publicly asserted their outrage and sought refuge from enraged mobs.
Most people know that the American Revolution began in Boston. But many people don’t know that the nation’s Civil War – the war that ended slavery – also began in Boston. Led by William Lloyd Garrison, a group of Boston abolitionists, black and white, male and female, organized an unrelenting campaign against southern slavery. They were determined to lead a Second American Revolution to force the nation to live up to the promises of liberty and equality contained in the Declaration of Independence. When war came, Boston remained at the forefront: the first Union soldiers to die were Massachusetts men killed at the “Lexington of 1861.” Boston’s soldiers included descendants of Revolutionary War patriots, members of the first black regiment raised in the North, and newly-arrived Irish immigrants. Women activists opposed both slavery and their own lack of legal rights
While no Civil War battles were fought in Massachusetts, Boston was at the vanguard of the run up to the war. Visit the places of fiery speeches, jailhouse breaks, anti-slavery riots, recruitment centers and segregated churches and the abolitionist movement. Bostonians played a leading role in persuading President Abraham Lincoln to wage war against slavery, and the first black regiment recruited in the North was formed in Boston.
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