Charlestown Navy Yard

Charlestown Navy Yard information

Location
Boston , USA
Getting there
Bostont: North Station
Ferry: F4 from Long Wharf
More information
www.nps.gov/bost
Prices
admission free
Opening hours
9am-5pm
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Besides the historic ships docked here and the museum dedicated to them, the Charlestown Navy Yard is a living monument to its own history of shipbuilding and naval command. Most of the buildings are not open to the public, but you can wander around the dry docks and see how the ships were repaired while resting on wooden blocks. The oldest building in the yard is the imposing Federal-style Commandant’s House, dating to 1805. Other interesting buildings on the grounds include the 1000ft-long Ropewalk, where all the Navy’s rope was made for 135 years. Next door, in the forge shop, metal workers hammered out ‘die-lock’ chains which eventually put the ropemakers out of business. The on-site visitors center is a good source of information about the Freedom Trail and other NPS sights.