Otis House Museum Has Walking Tours of Hill

The Otis House Museum will offer walking tours of Boston’s Beacon Hill each Saturday, May through October.

Go beyond the brick sidewalks and charming gardens and learn about Beacon Hill’s development in the Federal era. The fortunes, ambitions and struggles of Beacon Hill’s early residents, both wealthy and working-class, shaped the streets, architecture and character of the Hill.

The program starts with a tour of the Otis House, the earliest intact mansion in the neighborhood, and continues on Beacon Hill’s historic streets. After visiting the house, the tour continues onto Beacon Hill, where visitors discover the neighborhood as it was in the early 1800s—a thriving urban district of mansions with gracious gardens and small wooden houses crowded into back alleys. A guide leads visitors through the tree-lined streets where the affluent resided, and also to the humbler North Slope, an area that was home to Boston’s working class.

Tours depart from the Otis House museum every Saturday at 11 a.m. and last approximately two hours. The cost is $12 per person ($6 for Historic New England members). Tour size is limited and reservations are recommended.

For more information or to make a reservation, call 617-994-5920 or visit HistoricNewEngland.org.

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