Though best-known for the celebrities who retreat here seasonally, the small island of Martha's Vineyard became a hip haven to begin with thanks to its peaceful parks, sandy beaches and lush landscapes.
One of the strongest abolitionist communities in America was the free black community that lived on the north slope of Beacon Hill in downtown Boston. The Black Heritage Trail highlights the history of Boston’‘s antebellum free black community and their leadership in the abolition movement and Underground Railroad.
Hours + Fees
Note: The African Meeting House is currently closed for major restoration. Please call 617-742-5415 for updates on the building’‘s reopening.
The Abiel Smith School and the African Meeting House are open to the public year-round, six days a week, Monday-Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Closed: Thanksgiving Day, December 25 and January 1.
Map + Directions
From the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) Take the Copley Square exit to Stuart Street, then turn left on Route 28 (Charles Street) to Boston Common.
From Route 93 Take Storrow Drive to the Copley Square exit, turn left on Beacon Street, right on Arlington Street, left on Boylston Street and left on Charles Street (Route 28).
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