Posted By: Noreen Anastasia

Spotlight on. . .Beacon Hill!

In our ongoing series of highlighting different neighborhoods in Boston, this month we turn our focus to our neighbors on the Hill. Former home to such notable residents as Louisa May Alcott, Sylvia Plath, Edward Kennedy, and Carly Simon, Beacon Hill is a historic neighborhood in Boston. Massachusetts was settled in 1630, but the first house on Beacon Hill was built by William Blaxton in 1625. Today, the Hill is known for being home to the State House, as well as gorgeous buildings, shopping, restaurants, and antique shops. Take a look below to see some highlights of this elegant and celebrated neighborhood.

Black Heritage Trail

Located north of the Boston Common, the Black Heritage Trail is comprised of homes, businesses, schools, and churches of the black community. The African meeting house, of which the Museum of African American History is a part, is the oldest surviving black church in America. Also a part of the BHT, the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial and the 54th Massachusetts Regiment Memorial are located opposite the State House.


A largely residential area of Boston, Beacon Hill encompasses distinct neighborhoods. Featuring gas lamps, narrow streets, brick walks, and elaborate iron work, its long been home to many prestigious addresses. Among the several blocks, you'll find Louisburg Square with Greek Revival townhouses and a private park; Acorn Street "the most frequently photographed street in the United States", and the mansions of Mt. Vernon & Charles Street. Notable homes include The Harrison Gray Otis House, the Francis Parkman House, and the Nichols House Museum.


While you're in the 'hood, you should definitely stop by the world-renowned Cheers bar (the actual name being Bull and Finch). Take pictures outside with the iconic stairwell. Sam & Diane probably won't be working, however. . .

The original The Thomas Crown Affair was largely filmed and set in and around Beacon Hill.

Pick up the iconic children's picture book Make Way for Ducklings, set right at the foot of Beacon Hill. This beautifully written and illustrated book is memorialized by the statues across Beacon Street as well as the annual May parade of children through Beacon Hill to the Boston Public Garden.