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Last updated: 5/15/19

Beacon Hill

Boston’s historic Beacon Hill neighborhood is a place frozen in time.

Beacon Hill is home to the Massachusetts State House and many historical landmarks, including the Boston African American National Historic Site. One of the oldest communities in the City gets its name from the beacon that once stood high on the hill to warn locals about invasions. It’s no surprise that Beacon Hill is a protected historic district.

Beacon Hill
Boston, MA 02108
United States

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Events
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Sep 19

Beacon Hill Architectural Commission

Boston Parks Summer Fitness series
Sep 19

Summer fitness series: Yoga on Boston Common

Boston Parks Summer Fitness series
Sep 26

Summer fitness series: Yoga on Boston Common

Naturalization Ceremony
Sep 28

Citizenship Day in Boston

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Sep 12

Hub on Wheels, Open Newbury Street, Other Events

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Boston Common Master Plan
Aug 7

Public input sought on the Boston Common Master Plan

Parks and Recreation
BCYF Mirabella Pool
Jul 18

Mayor declares heat emergency, opens BCYF Cooling Centers and pools to residents

Public Health Commission
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Jun 28

Traffic advisory for 2019 July Fourth celebration

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Neighborhood features

Beacon Hill is about one square mile in size, and is surrounded by some well-known streets, including:

  • Beacon Street
  • Bowdoin Street
  • Cambridge Street, and
  • Storrow Drive.

Beacon Hill’s architecture and layout reflect old colonial Boston. Brick row houses feature ornate doors and decorative iron work. Its narrow streets are lined with brick sidewalks and gas lamps. Charles Street features antique shops and a variety of local restaurants and other businesses.

This quaint neighborhood was home to many famous Americans, including:

  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
  • Daniel Webster
  • Robert Frost
  • Sylvia Plath, and
  • Senator John Kerry.