Boston, Massachusetts: Washington Stood Here

Yes, we know, he stood in a lot of places, but this place was special because George Washington stood and made caustic comments about the British. A large plaque provides details.

Old South Meeting House

Address:
310 Washington St., Boston, MA
Directions:
Old South Meeting House. Downtown historic district, on the east side of Washington St. just north of its intersection with Milk St.
Hours:
Daily 10-4 (Call to verify)
Phone:
617-482-6439
Admission:
Adults $6.
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Old South Meeting House.

Balcony Where Washington Stood

In the years leading up to the American Revolution, the Old South Meeting House was a key gathering spot for Bostonians to debate how to address increased tensions with Great Britain. During the Siege of Boston at the start the war, the Queen's Light Dragoons gutted the structure, filled it with dirt, and turned it into a riding school. An engraving on Old South's interior balcony notes that, after the British and their horses evacuated the city, General George Washington stood upon the spot, surveyed the wreckage, and "reverently expressed surprise that those who venerated their own churches should have desecrated ours."

[Kurt Deion / kurtshistoricsites.com, 02/26/2020]

The Old South Meeting House -- "meeting house" was a colonial name for a church -- was built in 1729 and was supposedly where the Boston Tea Party was planned.

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