New Meetup: Beacon Hill Walking Tour w/ "Historic New England" @ Otis House

From: T.J. Maher
Sent on: Tuesday, April 14, 2009 1:34 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Beacon Hill Walking Tour w/ "Historic New England" @ Otis House

When: May 23, 2009 11:00 AM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description:

I'm signed up to be a Boston By Foot tour guide, and will be attempting to give tours of Beacon Hill, so I am interested in scoping out as much as I can of the area. Care to join me in investigating Beacon Hill? We'll be barging into old Beacon Hill houses and demanding tours all day. Or at least I will... we might as well do a once over of the area first then break for lunch.

From the Historic New England site:

Price: $12.00

"Go beyond the brick sidewalks and charming gardens and learn about how Beacon Hill was developed in the Federal era. The fortunes, ambitions, and struggles of Beacon Hill?s early residents, both wealthy and working class, shaped the streets, architecture, and character of the hill. Start with a tour of the Otis House Museum, the earliest intact mansion in the neighborhood, and continue on Beacon Hill?s historic streets".

Registration Recommended: Scroll down to this 5/23/2009 event at and make your purchase there. "Register online until 4:00 p.m. on the Friday before the tour".

Where to meet:

T.J. Maher will be waiting at the Lynde Street entrance of the house. T.J. is 5 foot 7, with short brown hair, blue eyes, and a red MEETUP sign on his black messenger bag. He'll be there around 10:45 am to herd nerds.

About the Harrison Gray Otis House:

"The Otis House Museum exemplifies the elegant life led by Boston's governing class after the American Revolution. Harrison Gray Otis made a fortune developing nearby Beacon Hill, served as a Representative in Congress, and later was Mayor of Boston. He and his wife Sally were noted for their frequent and lavish entertaining.

"This was the first of three houses designed for the Otises by their friend Charles Bulfinch, the architect of the Massachusetts State House. Its design reflects the proportions and delicate detail of the Federal style, which Bulfinch introduced to Boston.

"The interior provides insights into social, business and family life, as well as the role played by household servants. The restoration of the Otis House, with its brilliantly colored wallpapers and carpeting, and high-style furnishings, is based on meticulous historical and scientific research.

"The Otis House also houses Historic New England's headquarters, its Library and Archives, and a museum shop with books, reproductions, and gifts. Walking tours of Beacon Hill and other programs and events are held at the Otis House.

"Directions: The Otis House Museum is at the foot of Beacon Hill, next to the Old West Church. The entrance is on Lynde Street. It is an easy walk from the following T stops: Charles St./MGH, Bowdoin Square (closed weekends), and Government Center. There is limited street parking".

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