Cultivating the sensations of freedom

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You may not think of the Sons of Liberty as a musical bunch, but when it came to spreading their message and sharing ideas, early American Patriots kept revolution in their hearts and a song on their lips. Music from the era was often very political, with coded references and sometimes inflammatory language. Get to know three of the most popular songs from the period—Chester, The Liberty Song, and Yankee Doodle—to see how music both reflected and influenced the ideology of a burgeoning nation. (Don't worry, you won't be expected to sing.) Creating a new country wasn't just political gamesmanship, but meant building a cultural and social movement. As John Adams put it, voices raised together in songs of revolution were "cultivating the sensations of freedom."

Entrance is included with general admission to the Old State House.

This tour runs approximately 25 minutes. Please plan to arrive 5 minutes before the start of the program.

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A broadside showing lyrics of two popular Revolutionary Era songs.

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  • How do I get to the Old State House?
    Please visit our Maps & Directions page.

  • Where does the tour begin?
    The tour usually begins in Representatives Hall, upstairs on the second floor of the Old State House.

  • Are there any accessibility concerns to attend the exhibit?
    Please visit our Accessibility FAQs. If you are unable to go up the central flight of stairs, please speak to the front desk and accommodations can be made to keep the tour on the first floor.

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