The Hoosac Stores is a historic warehouse at 115 Constitution Road (formerly Water Street) in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Originally designated Hoosac Stores 1 & 2, it is a six-story load-bearing brick warehouse, set just outside the gate of the Boston Navy Yard. A second, adjacent warehouse, identified as Hoosac Stores 3, was demolished in 2000 because it was structurally unsound.
The Hoosac Stores 1 & 2 warehouse was built in 1895 as part of wide-ranging state effort to draw trade activity by the Fitchburg Railroad, which operated rail service to Albany, New York. The railroad notoriously included the Hoosac Tunnel, an expensive and politically controversial project in western Massachusetts that was eventually taken over by the state. The Charlestown terminal was known as the "Hoosac Dock". Hoosac Stores 3 was built in 1875 for the Cunningham Iron Works, and was leased by the railroad in 1919, which used it into the 1960s. The surviving building is now owned by the National Park Service and is managed as part of the Boston National Historical Park's Navy Yard facilities.
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Jarred Johnson | Jun 25, 2018
This is a really special treat. This museum/ park site containing the USS Constitution is a must see. The ship has a sense of importance as you pass through metal detectors and a welcome center orientating you. The ship itself it gorgeous. So much of the original ship and materials are there for you to touch and see. The sailors are super knowledgeable and can tell you so much about the history of the ship. The ship is such an important part of US Military history, it's so neat that they've preserved it for generations to see.
Salith De Silva | Jul 2, 2018
Very educational. If you have kids, this place is a must go! so many historically important places to see. You will learn something you did not know about Boston I am sure! It's quite a walk so go prepared with water if you're going during the summer. Loved it!
Nufaces Media | Jun 29, 2018
The park has lots of things to see. The squirrels are amazing! The squirrels actually walked up to people to eat out of their hands. We also saw an albino squirrel and one of the locals said the white squirrel has been there for 2-3 years now. The iconic swan boat ride is in this park. The trees are amazing as well. There are so many different species of trees in the park. Busy streets surround the park but it is peaceful inside the park.
Kalie Laughlin | Jul 14, 2018
Do the Junior Ranger program! It gives structure to your day and teaches you things you wouldn't normally learn. You collect stamps throughout the various sites as well. At the end, you say a pledge with a ranger and get a cool badge to take home. Its intended for kids, but any age can do it!
Andrew C-K | Jun 1, 2018
National Park guides will be the vanguard of the Revolution. I have been repeatedly impressed with the tour guides here. They ask questions relevant to both the revolution and to today. We were asked to think about where we felt heard in our lives and what being heard was worth to us - how far would you go to be heard? Then we launched into the Stamp Act, crony capitalism and Boston's rabble destroying the would-be stamp collector's home, fancy mirror and drinking his wine collection. The talk came around to the Boston massacre and days of violence proceeding and what democracy looked like in New England versus Old England or even France (the French liked to execute people). Our tour ended at Old South Meeting house and we discussed it's role as the hub of planning for the Boston Tea Party. Our guide, Merrill, asked topical questions that kept the history fresh, lively and entertaining. This was my second tour from the Faneuil Hall location and both were stellar. The National Park guides are well informed, intelligent and able to draw from this moment and make it relevant.
Rick K | Jul 24, 2018
Awesome little gem telling the history of the national yard in Boston along with getting to see living history in the USS Constitution. Entry is via donation, please be sure to give something to keep this wonderful piece of history open. Plenty to do and see here, there is even a restaurant on site that serves burgers, etc. Also, it's not far from Bunker Hill, easy walking distance, so you can make a day out of it and visit both.
Charlotte Wery | Aug 7, 2018
I have thoroughly enjoyed all the historical visits I did in Boston. Staff was helpful, very well informed and pleasant. All areas were clean, well indicated with some information which were useful to visitors. Boston comes across as a charming city that is well looked after and full of character. Definitely the highlight of my summer holidays in the US.
Will Koehrsen | Aug 5, 2018
A great park on the Boston harbor. You can visit the museums, take a look around two different ships, or just enjoy the breeze off the sea. This is a wonderful place to walk around or sit and enjoy a book. I recommend the national historic park both for Boston natives and newcomers to the city!
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