You can see, hear, feel, and sometimes even smell, the history throughout Massachusetts. Check out the very rock where the Pilgrims landed, and visit Plimoth Plantation to see what life was like in the 1600’s, before cell phones and reality TV. Walk the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston, where every step tells a story of the American Revolution. Hear the famous “shot heard round the world” on Lexington Green, where the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired. Get goose bumps sitting where giants in the abolitionist movement sat in the brilliantly restored African American Meeting House. Feel the hull of Old Ironsides, otherwise known as the USS Constitution. What did the 1830’s smell like? Apparently awesome, according to the bread they’re baking and the candles they’re dipping over at Old Sturbridge Village, one of the country’s oldest and largest living history museums.

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  • Walden Woods Project

    Lincoln

    The Walden Woods Project preserves the land, literature, and legacy of Henry David Thoreau to foster an ethic of environmental... more

  • Ward Reservation

    Andover

    Trails link three major hills - Shrub, Boston, and Holt - and looking out from their summits you can see... more

  • Wasque Reservation

    Chappaquidick Island

    This southeastern corner of Martha's Vineyard is undergoing dramatic change due to the seismic currents which are re-shaping this coastal... more

  • Wenham Museum

    Wenham

    Family-friendly museum of social history exploring how we have lived, worked, dressed, and played from the 17th century to today.... more

  • Wesport Town Farm

    Westport

    At Westport Town Farm, livestock again graze on open fields. An antique farmhouse, dairy barn, corn crib, and stone walls... more

  • West Dennis Light

    West Dennis

    Est. in 1855; lighthouse is now a restaurant and inn. more

  • The West End Museum

    Boston

    The West End Museum is a neighborhood museum dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history and culture... more

  • William Cullen Bryant Homestead

    Cummington

    The serene vista of the Westfield River Valley that inspired one of America's greatest poets. The Homestead's pastoral landscape, largely... more

  • Wing Fort House

    East Sandwich

    17th/18th century house with period rooms. more

  • Winnekenni Castle

    Haverhill

    Winnekenni Castle is located in the over 700-acre Winnekenni Park Conservation Area, overlooking Kenoza Lake, in Haverhill. more

  • Witch Dungeon Museum

    Salem

    Reenactment of witch trial; dungeon tour. more

  • Witch History Museum

    Salem

    Historically-accurate untold stories of 1692; live presentation and guided tour. more

  • Worcester Cultural Coalition/WOO Card

    Worcester

    Worcester: Where will you WOO? Use the WOO Card to save at more than 60 Worcester area restaurants, museums, theaters, hotels... more

  • Worcester Historical Museum

    Worcester

    Worcester Historical Museum (WHM) is the only institution devoted to local history. It includes a research library of over 7,000 titles,... more

  • Ye Olde Tavern Tours

    Boston

    Ye Olde Tavern Tours offers historic tavern tours in Boston. You'll walk along the Freedom Trail and see historic sites... more

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