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Massachusetts Town House

Built as the seat of British government in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.


Focal point for rebellion

Site of speeches and protests against British policies prior to the American Revolution.

1761 - 1776

site of the Boston Massacre

British soldiers fire on a crowd of unarmed civilians, leaving five dead.


Declaration of Independence

Boston’s first public reading of the document was from the balcony at the east end of the building.


First State House

Seat of government for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.


Bostonian Society Founded

Non-profit organization founded to save the Old State House from demolition.


Historic Site and Museum

A place for all to explore the ideals and enduring legacy of the American Revolution.