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Freedom Trail Facts: The State House

by Michael Polzella

The Massachusetts State House was built in 1798 by Charles Bulfinch on the site of John Hancock’s cow pasture. One hundred years later, a second grander wing was added by Charles Brigham. The House is the oldest building on Beacon Hill.

On the grounds below, there are several statues, the most popular being General Joseph Hooker, who incidentally lent his last name to a group of ladies who kept up the troops’ morale!

The Massachusetts Legislature consists of 40 senators and 160 representatives. All state citizens have the right of free petition and can have bills introduced by a legislator.

Free building tours available Monday-Friday 10 AM-3:45 PM

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