Boston National Historical Park tells the story of the events that led to the American Revolution and the Navy that kept the nation strong.
Many of the historic sites that make up Boston National Historical Park can be found along the Freedom Trail. In downtown Boston, Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House and Old North Church bring to life the American ideals of freedom of speech, religion, government, and self-determination.
In Charlestown, visit the Bunker Hill Monument, the site of the first major battle of the American Revolution. Nearby is the Charlestown Navy Yard, one of the nation's first naval shipyards and home to USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world.
Located in South Boston and separate from the Freedom Trail, Dorchester Heights is significant for its role in the evacuation of the British from Boston during the Revolutionary War.
The Park maintains an on-site collection that includes shipyard records, 70,000 photographs and negatives, 13,000 architectural drawings, records from the First Naval District, and more.
This online collection consists of a selection of photographs of rope walks and the Commandant’s house near Charlestown Navy Yard.