A Tour of Boston's Statues and Sculptures

George Washington Statue
George Washington Statue | © Brandon Turner / Flickr

The city of Boston is brimming with a variety of well-known tourists spots. What is unique about these places is that they each reveal insight into the city’s history and identity. Scattered around the area are statues of legend, wonder, and truth, with each one containing its own story.

1. Samuel Adams Statue

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1. Samuel Adams Statue
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Samuel Adams was a revolutionary patriot who is significant to Boston and this nation. He played a huge role in founding this country, by organizing the American Revolution and signing the Declaration of Independence. The bronze statue, erected in 1880, stands behind Faneuil Hall, the place he stood right after demanding that the British remove their troops after the Boston Massacre. (He is so respected in Boston that a world-renowned beer is named after him.)

2. Tortoise and Hare


Tortoise and the Hare
© David Goehring / Flickr
Situated in Copley Square near the finish line of the Boston Marathon is the Tortoise and Hare sculpture. The Boston Marathon is one of the most significant events in the city, embedded in the fabric of its identity. The sculpture plays off of the Aesop’s fable where the slow and steady tortoise wins the race. Sculpted by local artist Nancy Schön, it pays respect and is a tribute to all of the Boston Marathon runners. Many people run the race for charity, and the memorial here focuses on the effort needed to complete such a feat.

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