The Old State House, known as the Town House in colonial Boston, was the seat of government in Massachusetts Bay. Built in 1713 (after the wooden Town House burned down) the Old State House is the oldest public building in Boston today. Chambers existed for the Royal Governor and his Council, the elected Representatives of the Massachusetts General Assembly, the Supreme Court of Massachusetts and the Courts of Suffolk County. At the Town House, James Otis brilliantly argued against writs of assistance, victims of the Boston Massacre were murdered in the street outside the Town House, and the Declaration of Independence was first read in Boston from the Town House balcony. The Old State House is located on State St. (known as King St. in the colonial days) at the intersection of Washington St. The museum is open from 9-6 through Sept. and 9-5 Oct.-April.   

 

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