Since Massachusetts is essentially the state that gave birth to the United States…
It should come as no surprise that there are some significant historical landmarks located here. Come explore these spots and learn more about our nation’s history.
Plymouth Rock in Plymouth
If you live in the United States, chances are pretty good that you know of Plymouth Rock, though you may not know where it is or how to see it. According to the legend, the Plymouth Rock is the first boulder that the Pilgrim landing party stepped onto when disembarking from the Mayflower in 1620. To get to Plymouth Rock you have to go to Pilgrim Memorial State Park in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Prepare yourself for your arrival, however, as the rock is not nearly as big as one might expect. In 1774, the rock was accidently split in two when the town tried to relocate it to the town square. Then, visitors to the site kept taking pieces of the rock to have as souvenirs until it was placed inside an iron fence at the Pilgrim Hall Museum in 1834.
The House of Seven Gables in Salem
Known to be Salem’s premier historic site, the House of Seven Gables is home to over 359 years of Salem’s history. The location was built by a Salem sea captain named John Turner in 1668. Three generations of the Turner family lived here until that late 1700s when it was sold to Captain Samuel Ingersoll. The Captain later died at sea, leaving the property to his daughter who was a cousin of author Nathaniel Hawthorne. It was the author’s visits to the property that inspired his 1851 novel by the same name.
The Old State House in Boston
At one point in history, this building was the center of Boston’s civic life. According to bostonhistory.org, it was the location for some of the most dramatic chapters in American history that lead up to the American Revolution. The founding fathers met here, men died outside of the building in the Boston Massacre and the Declaration of Independence was proclaimed from the balcony in 1776. This is a place significant not only to Boston but to American history.