Boston's Gilded Age
During the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century, Boston's Back Bay was alive with social clubs and thriving cultural institutions. On this tour we will explore the favorite haunts of Boston's upper-class, often known as "Boston Brahmins." Though "Brahmins" had a reputation for being exclusive and elitist, many of these men and women were active in making our city—and the whole nation—a better place to live. They fought to abolish slavery and to recognize women’s rights, and they built libraries, colleges, museums and orchestras. Though this elite generation of wealthy activists was often philanthropic, on this tour we’ll also discuss their limitations and shortcomings.
mostly flat surfaces and little to no 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.
Meet your guide at the corner of Arlington and Boylston Streets, in front of Arlington Street Church.
Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: Arlington (Green Line)
This tour ends in the general area of the Phillips Brooks statue, outside Trinity Church.
Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: Copley (Green Line)