Turning down School Street, you pass the Parker House Hotel, the oldest continuously operating hotel in the United States. Its patrons have included William Wadsworth Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sarah Bernhardt, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Judy Garland and other notables.
Also on School Street is the Boston Latin School. Founded in 1635, it is the oldest public school in the United States. Outside is a statue of one of its former students, Benjamin Franklin.
The Old City Hall is at 45 School Street, one of the first Second Empire style buildings constructed in the United States. 38 Boston mayors administered the city from this site over the course of 128 years.
At the corner of School Street and Washington Street is the Old Corner Bookstore, the oldest remaining commercial building in Boston (1718). It reached its zenith, however, during America's Golden Age of Literature when it published works by Boston area writers such as Louisa May Alcott, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Down Washington Street is the Old South Meeting House. Built as a Quaker meeting house, it was the scene of important meetings in the days leading to the American Revolution.
Cruise destination - Boston - Attractions - Freedom Trail - page 2