For 300 years, the Old State House has stood in the heart of downtown Boston, a defining symbol of our nations origins and the civic ideals that bind us together as a community.
The Old State House was at the very center of revolutionary activity during the critical period when events in America changed the world forever. The Boston Massacre occurred in its shadow in 1770. Within its walls, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and other patriots debated taxation without representation and called for united action by all the colonies. In July 1776, the Declaration of Independence was first read to the jubilant citizens of Boston from its balcony. It was here, John Adams wrote, that the child independence was born.
Three hundred years after its cornerstone was laid, the Old State House remains a vital touchstone for the people of Boston and an irreplaceable icon that defines our citys place in history.
To commemorate its 300th anniversary, the Bostonian Society invites everyone to join in a week of events and activities for all ages. Check out the Bostonian Society's website for event information starting Friday, May 3 and running through Saturday, May 11.