Happy Patriots Day - Transforming an Old State House
The Old Statehouse has a rich history. Built in 1713 it was the seat of the Royal government in Massachusetts Colony. Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and James Otis among others met there discussing the many issues which led up to the revolution. The Boston Massacre occurred at it's front steps and the Declaration of Independence was read from it's balcony.
When the state government marched up Beacon Hill to it's new house in 1798, the old place was turned over to the City of Boston to be used as City Hall. The city then moved over to a new city hall and she was turned over to be used as businesses. Henry Ford nearly bought the old State House and moved it to Chicago where he was amassing a treasure trove of historic buildings. When wise Bostonians got wind of this they formed a group to look after the old lady which continues to carry on this labor of love. It is now a museum.
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