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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

Upcoming events

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Nov 21

Beacon Hill Architectural Commission

We Are Boston: United We Thrive
Nov 22

We Are Boston 2019: United We Thrive

Copley Tree Lightning
Dec 2

2019 Copley Square Tree Lighting

2018 Boston Common Tree Lighting
Dec 5

Boston Common tree lighting

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Oct 30

Halloween Street Closures in Boston's Neigborhoods

The Mayor's Mural Crew provided a festive arts and crafts activities to help promote their November 2 Día de Muertos Celebration at Copley Square.
Oct 19

Pumpkin Float 2019 recap

Parks and Recreation
Sep 24

Mayor’s Fall Pumpkin Float taking place on October 18

Parks and Recreation
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Sep 19

Allston Brighton Parade, Jimmy Fund Walk, Phantom Gourmet Food Festival, Other Events

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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.