Boston is an incredibly old and historic city, and its history goes back far before the United States became a country. If you’re curious about this city and want to take a tour of the oldest buildings that call it home: these are the ones you’ll need to know!
The James Blake House
Built-in 1661, this first-period home was built by Deacon James Blake. Considered the oldest surviving house in Boston, this two-story home looks almost ordinary in its neighborhood, despite being over 360 years old. In 1974, the James Blake House was added to the National Register of Historic Places, and in 1978 it was officially labeled a Boston Landmark.
Paul Revere House
This 340-year-old home wasn’t initially built for Paul Revere, but when he purchased it in 1770, it got its space in America’s History. He was living in this house when he made his famous midnight ride in 1775! This is the oldest building left in downtown Boston and has a charming exterior.
Throughout the 1800s, this was a commercial building until, in the 19th century, it became a tenement building.
In 1901, Revere’s great-grandson John P. Reynolds purchased the property so it could be restored and cared for. Just five years later, it was bought and sold to the Paul Revere Association, who then restored it and opened it as a historic house museum.
Designated a historic landmark in 1961, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966!
Thomas Mayo House and Tavern
If you’re looking at Boston houses for sale, you might spot this bar and tavern and want to stop for a break: but this isn’t a space where you can catch a drink! Instead, this historical property is turning 342 this year, and it stands as a museum instead of the house and tavern it once was.
Initially a farmhouse, it passed through a few hands. First purchased by the father of its namesake, it was eventually passed to Thomas Mayo in 1773, who ran it as a farm for sixty years. When he died, he left no will, and his house and land were liquidated. His nephew purchased it and continued to run it as a tavern.
Since then, this property has changed hands countless times and now belongs to a private owner.
Unfortunately, this home was extensively updated in the 1700s at some point: so it’s hard to tell how much of the original lies under that facade.
Robert Pierce House
This first-period home was built in the 17th century and is a unique two-and-a-half-story saltbox constructed out of black oak. Although an extension was added in the 18th century, and the chimney was replaced in the 19th century, a lot of this building still has its initial charm.
Mayor John Pitcairn House
The newest home is just 322 years old! Built in 1700 by Revolution War Major John Pitcairn. Although Pitcairn died here in 1775, there aren’t many ghost stories about it. It’s been through a few updates but still looks incredible.
Boston’s History is Incredible
Boston is an old and interesting city that continues to change and grow over time. If you want to see everything this area has to offer, consider making a stop in this fantastic area!