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Dorchester Heights National Historic Site

Neighbourhood: South Boston
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Address: Thomas Park off Telegraph St., near G St., Boston, MA
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A cannon placement on the monument's hill forced the British evacuation...

A cannon placement on the monument's hill forced the British evacuation from Boston in 1776.

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Minnesota Nice

We had a rental car and visited around 6pm....parking is certainly interesting in the neighborhood.....double parking, one ways...a bit confusing but lucky the phone app got us... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 July 2016
Neil J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

We had a rental car and visited around 6pm....parking is certainly interesting in the neighborhood.....double parking, one ways...a bit confusing but lucky the phone app got us there. A stop for history buffs...hard to believe all that went on without modern conveniences.....had to use ox to pull everything up to the top of the hill to secure the major victory.

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Clemmons, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

Located in the neighborhood of South Boston, Dorchester Heights NHS offers fantastic views of the surrounding area and the chance to learn more about one of the first major colonial victories in the Revolutionary War. Henry Knox and George Washington's fortification of Dorchester Heights, which has a commanding view of both Boston Harbor and the city of Boston, forced the... More 

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Framingham, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

This small park is atop Dorchester Heights. This is where Washington and Gen Thomas positioned the canons that Henry Knox brought from Ft. Ticonderoga. This daring feat is what led to the British final decision to evacuate Boston. The earthen works are long gone, but there are several plaques and stones that coupled with the great views of Boston and... More 

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Riverside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016 via mobile

Dorchester was settled before Boston, and in those early years, they were separate towns. So they have separate histories. Unfortunately, most visitors don't make the additional stops here, just a few miles south of historic Boston. The Dorchester Old North Burial Grounds and The Lemuel Clapp House are by far the most historic places in New England. Dorchester hosts the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

Great view of the city from one of the highest points! Amazing to think about having to protect the city during the Revolutionary War from this vantage point. If it's a clear day, you can see all around you but it's definitely a little chilly if the wind is blowing. Lots of families hanging out up there when I was... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2016 via mobile

Henry Knox brought the cannons of Fort Ticonderoga to this hill for George Washington. He set them up and in only a few hours. The British woke up and saw the guns pointing at their ships. They were out of range but they did not know that. Needless to say, the British soon evacuated Boston. Thus ending the siege of... More 

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Gresham, OR
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015

How can you do the Freedom Trail and not see the site that is one the biggest wins of the whole war? South Boston saw the first major British defeat of the war, and South Boston is worth a day to see it. It is unfortunate that the spire at the center of this idyllic park is closed due to... More 

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Quincy, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2015

I've been here a few times, Very neat and Clean. The people in this area are very Friendly. Rich n History , sites and Diversity. A Very High tolerance Area for the People of Dorchester Ma.. If you Love historic things and Boston , Ma.. You have to stop here along the trail. Food near By. Plenty of Parking. Don't... More 

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Lemont, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2015

I had and hour before I had to catch my flight and I wanted to see South Boston. I saw this park on map quest and decided to check it out. It was an interesting few from from the top and had some historical significancy to USA independence from Britain

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Taunton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2015

Dorchester Heights and South Boston overlooks the city and at the start of the Revolutionary war cannons from Fort Ticonderoga were placed on top of it to shell the British in the harbor. There is a beautiful monument and great views of the city

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