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Before Boston: Shawmut Peninsula through 1630

Before Boston Shawmut Peninsula through 1630

Explore 12,000 years of human activity on Shawmut Peninsula, the lands we now call Boston. Follow in the footsteps of the Native people who first walked here. Learn how they hunted and fished, and worked with clay and textiles.

Uncover geological features and archaeological sites on this guided walk on and around Boston Common.

Hear the stories of how the Massachusett first encountered strange people from afar, European explorers and settlers, who would then claim this land for their own.

tour duration

90 minutes

tour distance

1 mile

tour terrain level 2

potential uneven surfaces and moderate inclines

This tour can be scheduled as a private tour with advance notice. Call 617.367.2345 or use our private tour webform to learn more.

Starting Location

Meet your guide outside Park Street MBTA Station on Boston Common at corner of Tremont Street and Park Street.

Finding Your Guide: All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Boston By Foot Walking Tours.”

Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: Park Street (Red & Green Lines)

Ending Location

This tour ends in the general area of Boston Common, by the founders monument.

Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: Park Street (Red & Green Lines)