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William Hickling Prescott House

55 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108-3531
+1 617-742-3190
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The museum was not too significant in its offering. Basically a look back into history and how the... read more

Reviewed September 24, 2017
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Go Back In Time

I was lucky enough to be able to tour this National Landmark on Beacon Hill. What a beautiful... read more

Reviewed June 7, 2017
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Tours are running on Wednesday and Saturday through September and go off on the 1/4 hour- 12:15, 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15. The William Hickling Prescott House, at 55 Beacon Street, and the adjoining home at 54 Beacon Street, were built in 1808 for the Boston merchant, James Smith Colburn. These brick town houses were designed by the esteemed American architect Asher Benjamin and are highlighted by two bow-fronts.The American historian, William Hickling Prescott, lived at number 55 Beacon Street from 1845-1859. Prescott was one of the first English-speaking historians to write about the Spanish Empire. He built a rear addition, which included his extensive library on the second floor, and a third floor study, now faithfully restored, where he wrote his History of the Conquest of Peru and Philip II. In 1944 the house was purchased by The National Society of The Colonial Dames in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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55 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108-3531
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Reviewed September 24, 2017

The museum was not too significant in its offering. Basically a look back into history and how the folks lived on the hill in the past generations. The interesting view point to me was that there were some significant folks in history who held these...More

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Reviewed June 7, 2017

I was lucky enough to be able to tour this National Landmark on Beacon Hill. What a beautiful example of life in the 1800's on the Boston Common. The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America have done a meticulous job up keeping this...More

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Reviewed April 19, 2016

This house, located across from Boston Common on Beacon Street, had several notable residents during the 19th century, the most famous being William Hickling Prescott. Prescott was a historian who focused on the Spanish Empire and wrote several well-regarded books during his lifetime. The house...More

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Reviewed April 20, 2015 via mobile

My friend and I set out to visit the Freedom Trail and discovered this $7 tour of the house and history of the inhabitants. The tour guide Ed extremely knowledgable and passionate about the Prescott family and house. The house has been taken care of...More

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Reviewed August 31, 2014

Went on the tour of this wonderful Federal house today. Our guide, Cynthia, was clearly totally in love with this house and its story. The house is full of wonderful architecture, furniture, amazing clothing of so many eras (the accessories alone are beyond belief)...not to...More

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