You can see, hear, feel, and sometimes even smell, the history throughout Massachusetts. Check out the very rock where the Pilgrims landed, and visit Plimoth Plantation to see what life was like in the 1600’s, before cell phones and reality TV. Walk the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston, where every step tells a story of the American Revolution. Hear the famous “shot heard round the world” on Lexington Green, where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired. Get goose bumps sitting where giants in the abolitionist movement sat in the brilliantly restored African American Meeting House. Feel the hull of Old Ironsides, otherwise known as the USS Constitution. What did the 1830’s smell like? Apparently awesome, according to the bread they’re baking and the candles they’re dipping over at Old Sturbridge Village, one of the country’s oldest and largest living history museums.

  • Freedom Trail, Boston

  • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge

  • Patriot's Day, Minute Man National Park

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  • Henderson House

    Weston

    The Henderson House is a hidden gem, nestled in the heart of Weston, just 20 minutes from downtown Boston. This beautiful... more

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  • Historic 1699 Winslow House and Cultural Center

    Marshfield

    The historic 1699 Winslow House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the ancestral home of the founding family... more

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  • Joseph S. Kennedy Tours

    Boston

    Built in 1985, the fifty foot Joseph S. Kennedy was a Navy Utility Boat assigned to the U.S.S. Roosevelt.... more

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  • Keep Homestead Museum

    Monson

    Blue Star Equiculture, Palmer, MA Horses to visit are Remix, a 7 year old Percheron whose beauty equals his affection. He... more

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  • King Caesar House

    Duxbury, Ma

    This Federal mansion was built in 1809 for Ezra Weston II, known as "King Caesar" for his worldwide preeminence... more

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  • Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfasat/ Museum

    Fall River

    Site of infamous axe murders of 1892; Fall River and Lizzie Borden memorabilia; tours. more

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  • Mary Baker Eddy Historic House - Chestnut Hill, MA

    Chestnut Hill

    Tour this large stone building, originally built for a Boston family in the 1880s. The last home of Mary Baker... more

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  • Mary Baker Eddy Historic House - Stoughton, MA

    Stoughton

    Visit the farmhouse and shoe shop of Alanson and Sally Wentworth, who welcomed Mary Baker Eddy (the discoverer of Christian... more

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  • The Mary Baker Eddy Library

    Boston

    The Mary Baker Eddy Library provides public access and context to original materials and educational experiences about Mary Baker Eddy's... more

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  • Nathan and Mary Johnson House

    New Bedford

    First free home of Frederick Douglass and a National Historical site for the role of African american entrepreneurs, Nathan and... more

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  • Nathaniel Winsor, Jr. House

    Duxbury

    Acquired by the Society in 1997 through a community fundraising effort, the Nathaniel Winsor, Jr. House is perhaps the most architecturally... more

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  • National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture

    Mansfield

    The National Black Doll Museum houses 5000 dolls of color. There are 7permanent galleries and one rotating gallery. it is not... more

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  • Osterville Historical Museum

    Osterville

    Home of the Crosby Boats. Learn about the history of the village of Osterville and the famous Crosby Boats. Explore... more

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  • Parting Ways Cemetery

    Kingston

    The graves on this "New Guinea Settlement" land at the corner of Plympton Street and Bishops Highway in... more

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  • Rebecca Nurse Homestead

    Danvers

    Experience life in rural Salem Village on 27 beautiful acres! The 1678 home of Rebecca Nurse and her family has been period... more

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  • Rock House Reservation

    West Brookfield

    Built by the glacier and blessed by indigenous tribes who hunted and worshiped here, the cave-like shelter and its surroundings... more

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  • The Shirley-Eustis House

    Boston

    Royal Governor William Shirley's Georgian mansion is the only remaining country house in America built by a British Royal Colonial... more

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  • Soule Homestead Education Center

    Middleboro

    Founded to provide environmental educational programs, to promote organic agriculture, traditional crafts and cultural events. The Homestead hosts a Harvest... more

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  • The Spirits of Charlestown

    Charlestown

    A 90-minute SPIRIT filled tour along the Freedom Trail through the charming gas lit streets and spooky historical sites of... more

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  • Stevens-Coolidge Place

    North Andover

    The Stevens-Coolidge Place is a wonderful example of "the country place," when rural retreats were designed as places... more

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