The House of Free Speech
Old South Meeting house, where liberty found its allies and the American Revolution gained its voice.
As we celebrate our independence this week it is important to take a look at our past and reflect on moments in time that made significant impacts on how we live today.
One national historic landmark that we thought deserved recognition is Boston’s famed Old South Meeting House. This is where liberty found its allies and the American Revolution gained its voice.
Interesting Facts about the Old Meeting House via cityofboston.gov
- It was built in 1729 a Puritan meeting house
- It was on this site that the Judge Samuel Sewall publicly apologized for his role in the Salem Witch Trials.
- It was on this site that Benjamin Franklin was baptized.
- It was on this site that slave and poet Phillis Wheatley explored the meaning of liberty.
- Perhaps most notable, it was the stage for an overflow meeting on December 16, 1773, which adjourned to Griffin’s Wharf for the infamous event that would become known as the Boston Tea Party.
- Today, the Old South Meeting House continues to serve as a gathering place for discussion and a haven for free speech. It has been turned into a museum that is open for daily tours.
If you plan on visiting Boston you can stop by for a self guided tour of this historic landmark and reflect on all the historic moments this 284 year old “home” has been part of.