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Historic Faneuil Hall

Historic Faneuil hall has served as a marketplace and meeting hall since 1742 when it was built by Peter Faneuil.

It provided a platform for the country’s most famous orators. It is where colonists first protested the Sugar Act in 1764 and established the doctrine of “no taxation without representation”. It is where Samuel Adams rallied the citizens of Boston to the cause of independence from Great Britain and George Washington toasted the nation on its first birthday. Through the years, Faneuil Hall has played host to many impassioned speakers, from Oliver Wendell Homes and Susan B. Anthony to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

The first floor is used as a lively marketplace.

The second floor, known as the Great Hall, is a meeting place where many Boston debates are held. Enjoy a free talk and tour of the Great Hall every half hour from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm.

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1 Faneuil Hall Square
Boston, MA 02109

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