Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the name itself rings a bell of charm and mystery to the person that hears it. Located near the waterfront, this area has been Boston’s marketplace and meeting hall from as far back as 1742. Prominent members of the public such as James Otis and Samuel Adams have graced it with their presence, especially during the fight for independence from Britain, and as such, it is not uncommon for it to be referred to as “the Cradle of Liberty”
Throughout the years, Faneuil Hall Marketplace has seen thousands of visitors, to the extent that it earned a spot in Forbes Traveler for 2008 as the 4th most visited tourist site in the US.
It derives its name from one Peter Faneuil who offered to build the city’s market house at his own expense in 1740 and present it as a gift to the town. Faneuil Hall although originally used as a government-meeting place is now being used as a place for holding the city’s debates as well as a lively marketplace. It is part of a larger festival marketplace in Boston and includes three long granite buildings namely, North Market, south market and Quincy market. These markets provide visitors with both indoor and outdoor malls and food eateries.
Quincy market was constructed between 1824 and 1826 and is named after Josiah Quincy who organized its construction minus any debt or tax. From the Indian, Italian to the Chinese eating-places and the rest in between, the eating areas in Quincy market offer a number of cuisines that are designed to quench your appetite.The south and the North market are especially popular for eating as well as shopping. In addition, you will find a number of souvenirs to take back home in remembrance of your visit.
Every stall, restaurant and shop is designed to make the visitor shop, eat, and feed their eyes on history.Shopaholics, and even those who are hard-pressed for money will shop till they drop. If you just want to watch the buzzing traffic of numerous by passers, then you can take a seat and do so, or enjoy any number of street performances especially in Quincy market for your entertainment.
The First floor of the Faneuil Hall holds the shops, restaurants, and malls while the second floor holds the actual meeting hall. The fourth floor is home to the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts which is North America’s oldest chartered military organization, in addition to being the third oldest the world over. It currently serves as Honor Guard to the Governor of Massachusetts.
At the end of the day, whether your trip to Boston, especially the Faneuil Hall Marketplace is for the delightfulcuisines that are lined up, the exciting shopping experience in its many shops, or a trip down America’s history, you will be left with an everlasting memory of this magnificent place with its ancient buildings, and countless flock of people.