Historical Markers in
Suffolk County, Massachusetts

1935 20 Pinckney Street 40-42 Mt. Vernon Street 45 Milk Street 54th Infantry - 55th Infantry - 5th Cavalry 66 Mt. Vernon Street 87 Mt. Vernon Street 94 Charles Street Building A New View of an Old Ship A Riot, the Massacre, and the Tea Party Abraham Shapiro African Americans at Copp’s Hill African Meeting House American Redoubts American Soldiers Killed June 17, 1775 Anne Whitney Arrival of the Frigate Arbella Bakery Beacon Hill Beginning of Jordan Marsh Bellingham-Cary Mansion Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin Birthplace of Charles Sumner Birthplace of Ralph Waldo Emerson Birthplace of the Telephone Bleacher Bar Boston Athenaeum Boston Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian) Boston Civil War Memorial Boston Common Boston Irish Famine Memorial Boston Molasses Flood Boston Naval Shipyard Boston Public Latin School Boston Spanish American War Memorial Boston Transcript Building Boston Women's Memorial Boston Young Men's Christian Union Boston, the Navy Yard, and the War of 1812 Breed’s Hill Bunch of Grapes Tavern Bunker Hill Burying Ground Bunker Hill Monument Captain John Pulling Jr. Captain Robert Keayne Carl Yastrzemski Central Congregational Church Charlestown Heights Charlestown Navy Yard Charlestown Navy Yard Charlestown Training Field / Winthrop Square Charlestown World War II Memorial Cheers Chelsea Spanish American War Memorial Chester Harding House Christ Church City of Chelsea City of Chelsea City of Revere City of Revere Civil War Memorial City Square: Continuity and Change Clough House Coastal Mines Colonel Thomas Cass and the Ninth Massachusetts Infantry Colonial Craftsmen Commander Barry Carle Commodore John Barry Confederate POWs Congregational House Connecticut Gate Converse Copp’s Hill and the American Revolution Copp’s Hill Burying Ground Court of the Assistants Custom House Custom House D.L. Moody David Walker Deacon Larkin House Deane Winthrop House Defense System Derne Street Dorchester Heights Dorchester Heights Dorchester Heights • Thomas Park Dorchester Vietnam Veterans Memorial Dry Dock 1 Ebenezer Hancock House Edgar Allan Poe Edward A. Filene Edward Everett Hale Electric Fire Alarm System 1852 Elizabeth Peabody Bookstore Emerson Majestic Theatre Enlisted Men Escape! Family Memorials Faneuil Hall Faneuil Hall Federal Building Fenway Park First Commercial Dental Laboratory in America Flags at Sea Flour and Grain Exchange Fort Warren Franklin Place From Colonial Burying Ground to Victorian Park Garden Court Street Gardner Museum Gate One, Charlestown Navy Yard Gen. Henry Knox Trail Gen. Henry Knox Trail General Casimir Pulaski General Joseph Hooker General Tadeusz Kosciuszko George Francis Parkman George Robert White George Thorndike Angell Governor Winthrop House Granary Burying Ground Gravestone Art: Skulls, Wings, and Other Symbols Gravestone Carving Great House Green Dragon Tavern Harrison Gray Otis House Harry Houdini Huguenots, Women, and Tories In Commemoration James Otis Jean Lefebvre Decheverus John Albion Andrew John Boyle O'Reilly John Glover of Marblehead John Greenwood / Ann Pollard / Harriot Keziah Hunt / Charlotte Saunders Cushman John Hancock Residence John Hurd House John Quincy Adams John Smibert John Telemachus Hilton John Tileston / To Those Men of the North End John Winthrop - First House in Boston Site John Winthrop / Nicholas Upsall / Cotton Mather / John Hull Jordan Marsh Josephine St. Pierre Ruffin Josiah and Abiah Franklin King's Chapel King's Chapel and Beyond King’s Chapel Burial Ground Krystle Campbell Lewis Wharf, 1835 Liberty and Union Liberty Tree Block Life and Death in Colonial Boston Life and Work in the Navy Yard 1812 Louisburg Square Magoun Counting-House Site Mansion of Gov. Hutchinson Manufactory House Site Margaret Deland Maria W. Stewart Mary Dyer Massachusetts Gate Memorial to Robert Gould Shaw and the Massachusetts 54th Regiment Men of the Boston Naval Shipyard Metcalf Square Michael S. Dukakis South Station Transportation Center Monument to Ether Moses Pierce-Hichborn House Mrs. Gardner's Address New England Courant New Fenway Park New Hampshire Gate North Church Lanterns North Church Tower North End Veterans Memorial North Sea Mine Force Memorial North Square North Square Houses, 1715 North-East Corner of the Redoubt Old South Church Old South Meeting House Old South Meeting House Old West Church Omni Hotels: The Parker House On these Heights On This Site Stood the Home of John Singleton Copley Oneida Football Club of Boston Parade Ground Park Street Church Park Street Congregational Church Patrick Andrew Collins Patrolman Andrew B. Cuneo Paul Revere Paul Revere & William Dawes Paul Revere Buried in this Ground Paul Revere House Paul Revere House Paul Revere Mall Paul Revere’s Landing Pilgrims and Patriots Ping On Alley Poe Returning to Boston Political Prisoners Pope John Paul II's Visit to Boston Powder Magazine Power System of Boston’s Rapid Transit, 1889 Proclamation of the "Bells" Journey Public Latin School Rear Admiral John Ancrum Winslow Memorial Rebecca Lee Crumpler Robert Lee Frost Robert McCloskey Robert Newman Sacco and Vanzetti Defense Committee Samuel Adams Samuel Adams Samuel Adams House Site Samuel Tucker / Increase Mather / Edward Holyoke / Edward Everett / Christian Gullager Sargent's Folly Serving the Fleet Seventeenth Century Burials Seventeenth Century Copp’s Hill Signal Lanterns of Paul Revere Sir William Phips / Joseph Warren / John Manley / Edmund Hartt Site of the English High School Site of the First Meeting House in Boston Built A.D. 1632 Site of the House of Robert Treat Paine Soldiers and Sailors Monument Soldiers and Sailors of Ward 2 South Station South-East Corner of the Redoubt Spring Lane St. Stephen's Church St. Stephen's Church Teammates Ted Williams The Battle of Bunker Hill The Battle of Chelsea Creek The Bell-in-Hand The Boston Massacre The Breastwork The Changing Yard The Charles River Esplanade The Chevalier de Saint Sauveur The Cocoanut Grove The Common / Charles Street The Common / The Freedom Trail / America's First Subway The Continental Wingate Company Building The Decisive Day has come on which the fate of America depends... The First Governor The Freedom Trail The Freedom Trail The Freedom Trail The Gerrymander The Goal The Great Spring The Historic Beacon Hill District The Hull Mint The Ice King, the Castle Captain, and the She-Merchant The Lafayette Mall The Land The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge The Liberator Site The Line of Rail Fence and Grass Protection The Long Lane Meeting House The Mason Houses The Mathers The Men of the North End The Mess The Monument The Old Corner Bookstore The Old North Church The Old State House The Parker House The Paul Revere House The Province House The Rail Fence and Grass Line The Rogers Building The Salutation Tavern / The Green Dragon Tavern The Sculptor The Training Field's Struggle for Survival The Union The Waterfront Then and Now / The Custom House The Yard as Home This Cannon This Column Stands on Union! Thomas Handasyd Perkins House, 1833-1854 Three Centuries of Use & Transformation To Those Men of the North End / Thomas Cass Tombs and Monuments Tragic Events Tremont Street Subway Tremont Temple Trinity Church Trinity Church Trinity Church in the City of Boston Tudor Wharves Tyrannosaurus rex U.S. Custom House U.S.S. Boston Union Oyster House United States Gate Unusual Gravestones USS Constitution USS Leyte (CV-32) Van Ness Street Player Banners Victims of the Boston Massacre Vietnam/Korean Conflict Memorial Vilna Shul Welcome to Boston's Old City Hall Welcome to Copp’s Hill Burying Ground Welcome to Granary Burying Ground Welcome to King’s Chapel Burying Ground Wendell Phillips West Church William Billings William Dawes Jr. William Ellery Channing William Ellery Channing Residence Winthrop Building Working in the Yard You are now my enemy and I am yours... "A state of perfect chaos" "Old Ironsides" in Dry Dock 1
The Massachusetts state flag features a Native American warrior holding a bow and arrow, with a star representing Massachusetts above his head. The state motto, "Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem" (By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty), appears on a blue ribbon beneath the shield.
Suffolk County, located in eastern Massachusetts, has a long and rich history dating back to the early colonial period. The area was originally inhabited by the Massachusett Native American tribe, who lived along the shores of the Charles River and Boston Harbor. In 1620, the Pilgrims arrived in nearby Plymouth, marking the beginning of European settlement in the region.

In 1630, the settlement of Boston was founded by Puritan colonists led by John Winthrop. Over the next few decades, Boston became a major center of trade and commerce. Suffolk County was officially established in 1643, encompassing the towns of Boston, Roxbury, and Dorchester. The county was named after Suffolk in East Anglia, England, the birthplace of many of the settlers.

During the American Revolution, Suffolk County played a significant role. The Boston Tea Party, a protest against British taxation, occurred in Boston Harbor in 1773. Battles such as the Battle of Bunker Hill took place in the county, as the British sought to regain control of the city. After the war, Boston continued to thrive as an important port and center of industry.

In the 19th and 20th centuries, Suffolk County experienced significant growth and development. The Industrial Revolution led to the expansion of manufacturing, with industries such as textiles and shoes becoming prominent. The county also underwent a major urban renewal effort in the mid-20th century, resulting in the construction of modern buildings and infrastructure.

Today, Suffolk County remains a vibrant and diverse region, home to the city of Boston and many other thriving communities. It continues to be a hub of culture, education, and innovation, attracting residents and visitors from around the world.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

  • Suffolk County, MA was established in 1643.
  • In 1774, the county played a significant role in the American Revolution, with events such as the Boston Tea Party.
  • During the 19th century, Suffolk County became an important center for manufacturing and trade.
  • In the early 20th century, Suffolk County experienced an influx of immigrants, particularly from Europe.
  • In 2004, Suffolk County became the first county in Massachusetts to adopt the Community Preservation Act.