The beautiful Federal doorways of Beacon Hill, Boston.
Photo Credit : Aimee Tucker
In 1979, Yankee Magazine advised readers that walking, not driving, through the Boston neighborhood of Beacon Hill was the only way to really savor the historic district’s character and appreciate the generations of “scholars, builders, statesmen, and seafarers” who have made Beacon Hill, Boston, their home over the years. I couldn’t agree more.
Below are a collection of images from one of my Beacon Hill strolls, of which there were many during my years of living in Boston. These photos were taken in early October, when the New England weather is at its most glorious, with summer greens and fall oranges sharing the limelight with Beacon Hill’s stately brick, ivy, and cobblestones. Because Beacon Hill businesses and residents must abide by the rules of its strict, preservation-minded civic association, Beacon Hill can sometimes feel more like a movie set than real life. I’m not sure how much fun this is for them, but for the visitor, it’s city time-travel at its finest. A stroll around Beacon Hill, Boston, is never the same stroll twice, so don’t miss it!
Does Beacon Hill Have Brownstones? Just What Are Brownstones?
I always thought that brick row townhouses in Beacon Hill were brownstones, but after this post was first promoted, I learned (from you) that they’re not! Real brownstones are made from sandstone, not brick. Personally, I think the brick looks better than the brownstone sandstone. What do you think?
Exploring Beacon Hill, Boston
Have you ever visited historic Beacon Hill, Boston?
This post was first published in 2017 and has been updated.