Faneuil Hall Marketplace

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A Delicious Tribute to Boston's History

At the heart of Boston's social and cultural life for over two centuries, Faneuil Hall boasts a fascinating history as one of the city's most important buildings. Faneuil Hall Marketplace is comprised of Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market, North Market and South Market.

While Boston proudly calls itself home to plenty of the the nation's most impressive historical sites, many dating to the Colonial Era, none are quite so lively as Faneuil Hall. 

Erected in 1742 near the city's famous Long Wharf, the market building served as the setting for town meetings in which Samuel Adams and other revolutionary leaders spoke out and inspired the events that led to America's founding. Its grasshopper weathervane remains a well-known symbol of Boston's revolutionary spirit to this very day, and the market stalls on the first floor operate very much as they did hundreds of years ago.

The “Cradle of Liberty”

Built as a gift to the city by the merchant Peter Faneuil, this public structure was designed in the style of an English country market, including an open ground floor plan with an assembly room above. It was in this building that the Sons of Liberty proclaimed their refusal to bow down to British oppression, eventually leading to the first protests against the Sugar and Stamp Acts. The rest, as they say, is history.

Over one hundred years later, Faneuil Hall marked the setting for the “At the Cradle of Liberty” address, given by one of the very first African-American legislators, Julius Caesar Chappelle. In the speech, Chappelle championed a federal elections bill that would initiate the long and painful process of giving black people in America the right to vote.

This building's emblematic significance to the American political landscape has only grown over time, and in 1960, the building officially became a National Historical Landmark. More recently, Faneuil Hall served as the location where both Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama signed historic health care bills into law. Faneuil Hall still serves today as a forum for political debates between candidates for Massachusetts state office.

More than Just a Museum

Faneuil Hall is just one part of the larger Faneuil Hall Marketplace, which includes North Market, Quincy Market, and South Market. A long-favored destination for visitors wishing to sample some authentic New England cuisine (lobster rolls and clam chowder, anyone?), this marketplace has become a highly popular mall and eatery.

Here, visitors can take in the impeccably renovated Colonial-era architecture while treating themselves to some world-class shopping at the nearby stores. The wide variety of retail options at the complex, as well as the rich history of the location, have rightfully made Faneuil Hall one of the United States' most popular tourist destinations. 

Stay Near Faneuil Hall

One of Boston's most beloved landmarks, Faneuil Hall is situated in the center of the city's bustling downtown district. Although Boston has undoubtedly witnessed incredible change and growth since the days of the Sons of Liberty, Faneuil Hall remains a proud testament to this city's civic spirit and continues to draw large crowds every year.

Staying nearby the historic center is essential to fully enjoying your trip to Boston. The Bostonian Boston, less than a five-minute walk from Faneuil Hall, offers fantastic accommodations in an unbeatable location. Stay at The Bostonian to ensure a spectacular experience exploring Faneuil Hall and discovering its proud history.