Great Elm Site

Beacon Hill & Boston Common

Now marked by a plaque, the Great Elm stood on this site for more than 200 years. History has it that the tree was used for public executions in the 17th century, but later became a popular place of recreation. The tree was destroyed by a storm in 1876.

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Nearby Beacon Hill & Boston Common attractions

1. Boston Common

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America's oldest public park, Boston Common has a long and storied history, serving as a campground for British troops during the Revolutionary War and as…

2. Soldiers & Sailors Monument

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This massive monument is dedicated to the namesake soldiers and sailors who died in the Civil War. The four bronze statues represent Peace, History, the…

3. Brewer Fountain

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Dating to 1868, this lovely bronze fountain depicts four aquatic deities from antiquity.

4. Boston Massacre Monument


Paying tribute to the five victims of the Boston Massacre, this 25ft memorial replicates Paul Revere’s famous engraving of the tragic event.

5. Parkman Bandstand


Dating to 1912, Parkman Bandstand is now used for concerts, rallies and other events.

6. Robert Gould Shaw Memorial

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The magnificent bas-relief memorial opposite the State House was sculpted by Augustus St Gaudens. It honors the 54th Massachusetts Regiment of the Union…

7. Blaxton Plaque

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The 50-acre Boston Common is the country’s oldest public park. If you have any doubt, refer to the plaque emblazoned with the words of the treaty between…

8. Park St Church

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Shortly after the construction of Park St Church, powder for the War of 1812 was stored in the basement, earning this location the moniker ‘Brimstone…