Old South Meeting House

Inside of old south meeting house

Since 1729, when it was built as a Puritan meeting house, Old South Meeting House has played an important role in American history. It was on this site that the Judge Samuel Sewall publically apologized for his role in the Salem Witch Trials. It was on this site that Benjamin Franklin was baptized. It was on this site that slave and poet Phillis Wheatley explored the meaning of liberty.

In the years leading to the American Revolution, thousands of colonists gathered at Old South Meeting House to challenge British rule, most famously to protest the Boston Massacre and the tea tax. The largest building in colonial Boston, Old South Meeting House was the stage for an overflow meeting on December 16, 1773, which adjourned to Griffin’s Wharf for the infamous event that would become known as the Boston Tea Party.


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One thought on “Old South Meeting House

  1. Personal experience here
    Very interesting place, beautiful building….
    Got to see the clock tower and the clock mechanism was fascinating too!
    We had completed our night investigating, it was humid and very rainy that night (we got soaked) packing up to leave by the side door. Three of us were standing around waiting for our rides to arrive and pack up……a large black object, that I thought was a bug, maybe a bumble bee came around the corner over the head of someone I was talking to, I got ready to duck out of the way, cause that this was a huge bug!!! lol and it just evaporated like smoke. No one else seemed to react to what I was seeing…..I have no idea what it was. Very interesting experience!


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