9 episodes

Welcome to Historic Boston: Beacon Hill, a walking tour of one of Boston’s best known but least explored neighborhoods. This podcast will take you through Beacon Hill and tell you the story from its earliest use as a cow pasture to its evolution to an historic neighborhood at the center of state government. Please use this Google map to support your walk: https://bit.ly/3Bydedj.

Historic Boston: Beacon Hill Joe Kinsella

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Welcome to Historic Boston: Beacon Hill, a walking tour of one of Boston’s best known but least explored neighborhoods. This podcast will take you through Beacon Hill and tell you the story from its earliest use as a cow pasture to its evolution to an historic neighborhood at the center of state government. Please use this Google map to support your walk: https://bit.ly/3Bydedj.

    Episode 9: Conclusion of the Tour

    Episode 9: Conclusion of the Tour

    Welcome to Historic Boston: Beacon Hill, a walking tour of one of Boston’s best known but least explored neighborhoods. In episode 9, we will conclude our tour and provide recommendations for anyone looking to learn more. Please use this Google map to support your walk: https://bit.ly/3Bydedj.

    • 1 min
    Episode 8: Decline & Rise of Beacon Hill

    Episode 8: Decline & Rise of Beacon Hill

    Welcome to Historic Boston: Beacon Hill, a walking tour of one of Boston’s best known but least explored neighborhoods. In episode 8, we will walk the Flat of the Hill while discussing the decline of Beacon Hill following the Civil War, the development of Back Bay as the new "fashionable neighborhood", and  the community activism that brought about Beacon Hill's revival in the 20th century. The key sites we will see include: the Public Garden Apartments, Hampshire House, Byron Street, the George Doriot house, the Sunflower Castle, Charles Street Meeting House and more. Please use this Google map to support your walk: https://bit.ly/3Bydedj.

    • 7 min
    Episode 7: The Iconic Homes of Beacon Hill

    Episode 7: The Iconic Homes of Beacon Hill

    Welcome to Historic Boston: Beacon Hill, a walking tour of one of Boston’s best known but least explored neighborhoods. In episode 7, we will discuss the development of Beacon Hill following the construction of the new State House. We will talk about the three distinct phases of development of this neighborhood, including the architectural impact each had on the Beacon Hill we see today. The key sites we will see in this episode include: Acorn Street, Louisburg Square, the Charles Bulfinch house, two of Harrison Gray Otis's freestanding mansions, the Swan stables, the Nichols House Museum, the Somerset Club, and more. Please use this Google map to support your walk: https://bit.ly/3Bydedj.

    • 11 min
    Episode 6: Women of Beacon Hill

    Episode 6: Women of Beacon Hill

    Welcome to Historic Boston: Beacon Hill, a walking tour of one of Boston’s best known but least explored neighborhoods. In episode 6, we will explore the impact women had on Beacon Hill, from the first Black public school teacher, to a famous 19th century writer, to the woman who led the transformation of this neighborhood in the late 18th and early 19th century. While the story of women is interspersed across all our episodes, we will visit these key sites: the Elizabeth Peabody kindergarten, the Phillips School, and the Susan Paul house. Please use this Google map to support your walk: https://bit.ly/3Bydedj.

    • 3 min
    Episode 5: African Americans in Beacon Hill

    Episode 5: African Americans in Beacon Hill

    Welcome to Historic Boston: Beacon Hill, a walking tour of one of Boston’s best known but least explored neighborhoods. In episode 5, we will walk the South Slope of Beacon Hill, which was the primary African American neighborhood in Boston from the late 18th century until after the Civil War. We will discuss the story of this vibrant community, its impact on the anti-slavery movement, and how it would pioneer civil rights in the 19th century. The key sites we will see include: the Rebecca Lee Crumpler house, the homes at 3-10 Smith Court, the African Meeting House, The Abiel Smith School, and the George Middleton house. Please use this Google map to support your walk: https://bit.ly/3Bydedj.

    • 10 min
    Episode 4: The Development of Beacon Hill

    Episode 4: The Development of Beacon Hill

    Welcome to Historic Boston: Beacon Hill, a walking tour of one of Boston’s best known but least explored neighborhoods. In episode 4, we will walk the grounds of the Massachusetts State House, one of the most beautiful government buildings in the United States. We will discuss the building of the new State House in 1795, and how it would set off real estate speculation transformed this rural area into a fast growing neighborhood. The key sites we will see include: the Massachusetts State House, the Robert Gould Shaw & the 54th Regiment Memorial, and the plaque for the former home of John Hancock. Please use this Google map to support your walk: https://bit.ly/3Bydedj.

    • 6 min

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