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Freedom Trail Stop: Faneuil Hall

by Michael Polzella

Boston’s rich history touches every corner of the city, and Faneuil Hall is no exception. Built in 1741 by a wealthy merchant named Peter Faneuil, this building hosted America’s first town meeting and remains an open forum space almost 300 years later.

Many critical speeches and debates took place in and around this famed structure in the 1700s that encouraged our separation from England and defined policies that remain today. Faneuil Hall is widely known for is bustling marketplace, but roughly ten thousand new American citizens take an Oath of Allegiance here each year, in the shadows of our forefathers.

Josh Sarnowitz, The Boston 100

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