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Faneuil Hall

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A lot of vis­i­tors wan­der into Faneuil Hall to use the bath­room or browse the sou­venir shops here. Af­ter all, it’s the head­quar­ters of the Na­tional Park Ser­vice’s Visi­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter and rangers of­fer great tips about see­ing the site and others that are part of the Bos­ton Na­tional His­tor­i­cal Park. But Faneuil Hall, pro­nounced “Fan-u-el” by lo­cals to­day, is an em­i­nent land­mark no­tably chris­tened “the Cra­dle of Lib­erty” by James Otis in 1761—a moniker that’s plau­si­ble as well as, per­haps, some­what dra­matic. Bos­ton mer­chant Peter Faneuil had this build­ing con­structed in 1742 and gave it to the city of Bos­ton. It at­tracted lo­cal ac­tivists, and earned no­to­ri­ety for be­ing the breed­ing ground of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion. Since then, or­a­tors con­tinue to speak in its Great Hall, among them Barak Obama, John Kerry, Daniel Web­ster and Su­san B. An­thony.

If your taste falls to military his­tory, head all the way up­stairs to the Museum of An­cient and Honor­able Ar­tillery Com­pany of Mas­sachu- setts for a jam-packed quar­ter hour filled with ex­tra­or­di­nary ar­ti­facts—uni­forms, firearms and swords, pho­tographs, medals and mem­o­ra­bilia— from every war of which Amer­ica has been part. Lastly, there’s a time cap­sule hid­ing here in plain sight. Look up! Not to be con­fused with a cricket, Faneuil Hall’s golden grasshop­per weather vane has been ob­serv­ing the go­ings-on of or­a­tors, rab­bler­ousers and or­di­nary ci­ti­zens for up­wards of 275 years, and its belly con­tains ver­i­ta­ble ar­ti­facts from these times— coins, news­pa­pers and notes. 1 Faneuil Hall Square, 617.242.5642

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