Charlestown is a historic waterfront neighborhood with Irish-American roots. Charlestown is the oldest neighborhood within the city of Boston. The Freedom Trail climbs streets lined with brick townhouses and clapboard triple-decker homes to the Bunker Hill Monument, site of a key Revolutionary War battle. The 1797 U.S.S. Constitution warship and its museum are in the Charlestown Navy Yard. Main Street’s traditional pubs and stylish restaurants draw young professionals and families.
Places of Historical Interest
Charlestown has many places of historical interest, some of which are included along the northern end of Boston's Freedom Trail. The Freedom Trail ends at the Bunker Hill Monument commemorating the famous Battle of Bunker Hill, an early major battle in the American Revolutionary War. Launched in 1797, the USS Constitution is the oldest commissioned vessel in the US Navy and the oldest warship in the world still afloat. Today it is docked in the Charlestown Navy Yard, today part of the National Park Service. Charlestown was also the location from which Paul Revere began his famous "midnight ride" before the Battles of Lexington and Concord. A restaurant opened in 1780 and still in operation, Warren Tavern, claims to have been one of Revere's favorite taverns. Of Charlestown's churches, St. Mary's is considered one of the masterpieces of Patrick Keely. In St. John's Episcopal Church, on Devens Street, the central stained glass above the altar is a notable work of William James McPherson, a Boston designer who later designed the stained glass for the Connecticut State Capitol.
The Warren Tavern first opened in 1780. It is located at 2 Pleasant Street. The building was one of the first built after the Battle of Bunker Hill. The Tavern took its name from Dr. Joseph Warren, American Patriot who played a key role in the American Revolution and was killed in the Battle of Bunker Hill. It was Warren who directed Paul Revere and William Dawes to send the message to Samuel Adams and John Hancock that the British were setting out to raid the town of Concord. Warren's friend Captain Eliphelet Newell decided to build a tavern named after his friend. George Washington visited the tavern when he came to Massachusetts to visit his friend Benjamin Frothingham. After the Tavern was closed in 1813, the building served other purposes, and then was saved in the 1970s. The Tavern was reopened in 1972.
The Constitution Yacht Charter is located on Boston Harbor.
Boston's Charlestown neighborhood is served by the Boston Public Schools system. There are also private educational institutions within the neighborhood.
Primary and Secondary Schools:
- Harvard/Kent Elementary School
- Clarence R. Edwards Middle School
- Warren-Prescott K–8 School
- Charlestown High School
Colleges and Universities:
- Bunker Hill Community College's main campus
- MGH Institute of Health Professions
- Cambridge College
About the Neighborhood
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