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.

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    Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate

    Canton

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    22 saves

    Marblehead Light

    Marblehead

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    Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation

    Boston

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    Salem Food Tours

    Salem

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    Hedge House Museum

    Plymouth

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    Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum

    Milton

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    20 saves

    African Meeting House on Nantucket/The Museum of Afro-American History

    Nantucket

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    Lexington Historical Society

    Lexington

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    Cleveland Ledge Light

    Falmouth

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    The Stone House Museum

    Belchertown

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    White's Landing

    Brookfield

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    Winslow Crocker House, A Historic New England Property

    Yarmouth Port

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    Blanchard's Colonial Tavern

    Avon

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    Borden Flats Light

    Fall River

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    Gore Place

    Waltham

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    Hospital Point Range Light

    Beverly

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    The Plumbing Museum

    Watertown

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    Sargent House Museum

    Gloucester

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    Cogswell's Grant, a Historic New England Property

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