New! "Food and our Founders" Tour

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In celebration of Boston Charter Day 2015, we have updated our famous Boston Founders Trail to reflect this year's theme: Food and Drink in 17th-Century Boston

"Food and the Founders" reveals not only leading Bostonians’ culinary tastes, but the stories behind clam chowder, baked beans, and other traditional favorites.  This tour of central Boston will explore the key sites of Puritan Boston, including the curious character of the first man licensed to sell ale, an eccentric innkeeper who defied the Puritan authorities, and the site of Boston’s first apples.  As we walk, we'll learn more about the popular and unpopular foods of the time - including why the English initially hated shellfish - and about Puritan family habits at dinnertime.

Because space is limited, an RSVP is required for this tour at


This event is part of the Boston Charter Day Sabbath Celebration.  Come early for the Sunday service at First Church Boston (founded in 1630) - the sermon will also address the sustenance found by the Puritan settlers during their first years in New England.  The service will be broadcast LIVE on WERS (88.9 FM) starting at 11:00 AM.

About Boston Charter Day:

Each year, The Partnership of the Historic Bostons commemorates the naming of Boston, Dorchester, and Watertown on September 7, 1630 and holds a series of free events to teach the public about early days of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  The theme for 2015 is Food and Drink in 17th-Century Boston.  For a full list of all the events please visit

Note: This tour is also offered on Boston Charter Day, September 7.  See that listing for details.