Others now serve as museums and one anchors a popular shopping and entertainment area.
Here's a quick look at a few of the most popular Freedom Trail sites along with links to the rest of the sites, other nearby must-see sites, hotels, and map and tour information.
The red stripe marking the Freedom Trail stretches for 2.5 miles (4 km) through Boston's most historic neighborhoods, and takes you to 16 sites important to the birth of American liberty.
Not surprisingly, the Freedom Trail is Boston's most popular tourist attraction.
Boston has more sites related to the American Revolution and America's fight for independence than any other city.
Best of all, they're within easy walking distance of each other.
As you walk along the Trail, you'll travel through Historic Downtown Boston, the North End, and Charlestown, from Boston Common to the Charlestown waterfront.
What's especially cool is that all these sites are the house where he really lived..his 16 children.
Near the Trail, you can find even more historic sites such as the historic Green Dragon Tavern where Paul Revere, Sam Adams, and other Sons of Liberty spied on the Redcoats and planned their Tea Party.
Most Freedom Trail sites such as Boston Common, Faneuil Hall, the State House, churches, and of course the graveyards still perform their original functions.
You'll walk across the areas where Colonial militias trained, where public hangings took place over the span of 3 centuries, and where British troops camped out before heading to Concord on the first day of the American Revolution.
Listen carefully, and you may even hear echoes of the abolitionists who rallied support for equality and civil liberties here..Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr who spoke here about freedom..Barack Obama who spoke here about hope and the future before running for President.