Old State House at night — Photo courtesy of pepsiline
The oldest public building still standing in the United States is about to enjoy a major renovation by The Bostonian Society. The overhaul of Boston’s Old State House, a national historic landmark constructed in 1713, will ready it to hold a dynamic, new visitors center.
The State House was the site of the Boston Massacre, and also where the Declaration of Independence was read to Bostonians in July 1776, played a significant role in shaping the country into what it is today.
As the starting point of the American Revolution, the Old State House is an often-glimpsed structure that looks to fit the period from the outside, but most visitors make the mistake of forgoing a peek within. With its 300th anniversary in 2013, Boston has big plans to change the way visitors look at the Old State House; making it impossible to walk by without stepping through its doors.
Once inside, you’ll be whisked away to Colonial times where you’ll see the Governor’s Chamber as it once was while it acted as a seat for British government prior to the Revolution. You’ll also be witness to the area that served as the Representatives Hall where Massachusetts Bay Colony representatives began the struggle for independence for Americans by debating within these walls on their behalf.
Stop by and join the celebration of this building’s historical significance and connect with the past of the American people.