One of Boston’s most historic neighborhoods, Beacon Hill boasts steep, ivy-covered streets lined with Victorian and Federal-style brick rows. The Federal-style State House overlooking Boston Common, looms over the Charles River Esplanade, with its stone-veneer Winter Park shell. Across Charles Street, home to charming boutiques and antique shops, is the more formal Public Garden.
A few blocks north on Charles Street, at the edge of Beacon Hill, is Boston’s oldest Italian restaurant, Nichols house museum. The Nichols house museum is two buildings in one: a restored attic and an open floor plan reminiscent of St. Paul’s Cathedral. On this site are also artifacts from the famed old town of Boston, including a 16th-century jailhouse and a ferryboat that transported affluent families to the “Ferry” every night in the year. The Nichols house museum is Boston’s most visited attraction, with tens of thousands of visitors passing through each day. A post shared by Christopher Scott: “The sights, sounds, and smells of Beacon Hill are so real that it almost feels like being there.”
Two blocks north on Charles Street at the edge of Beacon Hill is the Museum of Afro-American History and Culture. The birthplace of the blacksmith, center and huckster Henry Ford is visible within the Museum. The Museum is Boston’s first surviving example of an original blacksmith shop. And a post shared by Christopher Scott: “There is a wonderful sense of history in that area. The cobblestone streets, the museums, and the blacksmith shops make me feel like I’m living in a time when life was more simple.”
The neighborhoods of Beacon Hill and Washington Park are located on Charles Street between Boylston and Boynton Streets. Here is where you’ll find restaurants and retail stores ranging from nationally acclaimed Boston designers to local boutiques. A post shared by Christopher Scott: “I love this neighborhood. There is a certain charm about it that makes it special.”
If you’re looking for a historic place to eat in Boston, then you must see the Boston Common. At this historic venue you can eat a hotdog or salad prepared by the world-famous chef Emeril Lagasse. Another must see spot is the American Club, a nineteenth-century pub where famous writer Elia Gannick once lived. If you want to wander the city, then your best option is visiting the Freedom Trail, which covers most of central Boston. It’s a great way to get around the city and explore its neighborhoods. A post shared by Christopher Scott: “It was really exciting to be able to go shopping and see all the different shops and stores, not to mention walk through some of the city’s historical spots like the Boston Massacre Site and the John Hancock Tower.”
The Beacon Hill area is home to many live events. If you are visiting Boston during May, there is a free outdoor concert at Faneuil Hall in the Back Bay. In addition to music, the street is also host to street food, craft markets, and movie events. Some events that are regularly held on the Hill include Market Days, featuring local merchants; Art and Jazz Festival;, and several neighborhood block festivals.