In memory of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment

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Explore Boston’s oldest buildings and remember the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment

We walk with the author of “Boston’s Oldest Buildings and Where to Find Them” and discover the untold stories of the people who make them up



KNOWN AS THE PLACE TO FIND ITALIAN RESTAURANTS, CAFES AND CAOLNNI, BUT IT’S ALSO AT SOME OF THE OLDEST BUILDINGS IN THE CITY THAT THE DIRECTOR OF ARCHEOLOGY F REVEALS IN HIS BOOK BOSTON’S OLDEST BUILDINGS AND WHERE FIND THEM. NOBODY HAD DONE. SO THAT WAS KIND OF THE FUNDAMENTAL PURPOSE OF THE BOOK WAS WHAT ARE THE OLDEST BUILDINGS IN BOSTON AND THROUGHOUT IT. I WANTED TO TELL AN INTERESTING STORY ABOUT EACH OF MY LAND TWO O MY SEA IS AN OFT TOLD STORY ABOUT THE 13TH OLDEST BUILDING IN THE OLD NORTH CHURCH BOOK, BUT BAGLEY CHANNELED HIS INNER INDIANA JONES TO DISCOVER THE HIDDEN HISTORY. THIS NOR ETHND BUILDING. I WAS WALKING IN THE REET TWO YEARS AGO, AND THAT’S THE TIME I FIRST NOTICED THE BELT COURSE ON THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING ONCE I SAW I UNDERSTOOD THAT THIS BUILDING COULD BE MUCH OLDER THAN I THOUGHT. LOOK HERE THIS PROTRUDING BRKSIC ROVE REPRESENTS AN ANTERIOR FLOOR SUPPORT SYSTEM. THIS IS A TOUR CARD FOR LOCAL BUILDINGS FROM THE EARLY 1700S. ANOTHER CLUE. IT’S JUST A LITTLE CORNER FOR THE REST OF EAT WHEN ITAS W BUILT IT WAS A MORE SOUGHT-AFTER STAND-ALONE HOUSE HO SWED. GLEE HAD DISCOVERED THE 17TH OLDEST UNDOCUMENTED BUILDING IN BOSTON AND NOT ANY BUILDING. THIS IS ONE OF POTENTIALLY TWO SP OTS WHERE PAUL REVERE MAY HAVE BEEN BORN. IN THESE BUILDINGS WHO CAN BE IF THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO AND WOULD NOT EVEN BE MENTIONED. UGLY RESEARCHED THE IMMIGRANT WOMEN AND ENSLAVED PEOPLE LIVING IN THESE STRUCTURES FOR THE BOOK. STBOON IS DEFINITELY KNOWN FOR HIS ABOLITIONIST HISTORY AND HE DESERVES THIS CREDIT. BUT AS MUCH AS IT WAS THE FITRS PROHIBITING SLAVERY, IT WAS THE FIRST STATE TO MAKE IT LEGAL AND IT’S A STORY THAT HAS BEEN UNDER TOLD AND SOMETIMES NEVER EXPLORED. OF THESE BUILDINGSNE O PLACE. THERE ARE THESE BUILDINGSNE O PLACE. WAS EXPLORED HERE IS THE 19TH OLDEST BUILDING IN BAGLEY’S BOOK. MY NAME IS SUSIE BUCHANAN. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HERE AT THE ASSASSIN ROXBURY WILLIAM SHIRLEY WAS THE ROYAL GOVERNOR OF MASSACHUSETTS FROM 1741 TO 1749. ANDHE TN STILL IN THE 1750S THE HOUSE BUILT ASN AN ENGLISH STYLE COUNTRY MANOR IN 1747 PROVIDED EXCEPTIONAL VIEWS OF BEACON HILL WHEN IT WAS STILL A BE AND BACK BAY WHEITN WAS STILL A BAY. WE ALWAYS KNEW GOVERNOR SHIRLEY HAD SLAS,VE BUT WE DIDN’T REALLY KNOW THE SCOPE OF HIS ACTIONS, BUT IF YOU HAVE SIX HORSES, YOU NEED PEOPLE TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE HORSES, AND THAT IS NOT TO MENTION THE PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN ENLAVED AND THEN IN ADDITION TO THE PEOPLE WHO ALSO WORKED IN THE LANDSCAPE. IN AUGUST 2021, SHIRLEY EUSSTI PLACE RECEIVED BOSTON CITY LANDMARK STATUS, AND THIS INCLUDES NOT ONLY THE PARTS WE OCCUPY HERE, BUT ALSO THE LACROSS THE SEETTR PLOT AT 4244 SHIRLEY STREET. THIS IS WHERE THE STABLES HAVE BEEN AND ESPECIALLY THE ENGLISH WORKERS WHO RUN IT. SO EXCITING HOUSE TO HAVE A PIECE OF THIS STORY SURVIVING AND IT REALLY EXPANDS OUR ABILITY TO TALK ABOUT SHIRLEY PLACE’S STORY IN A MUCH MORE INCLUSIVE WAY THAN WE EVER HAVE DONE BEFORE. PEOPLE WHO WISH TO CONNECT WITH THE HISTORY OF MASSACHUSETTS’ 54TH REGIMENT’S FIRST BLACK MILITARY UNIT OFTEN HEAD TO THIS FAMOUS MONUMENT IN THE NEWLY RENOVATED BEACON HILL. HOWEVER, THE REGIMENT HAS EVEN STRONGER TIES WITH IT. SHELDON HYDE PARK WHERE AN386 1 WHAT WAS THEN CAMP NEEDED BLACK MEN HOSTED BY HUNDREDS FOR BATTLE TRAINING IN THE SOUTH THE BLACK VOLUNTEERS IN MASSACHUSETTS THERE WAS ENOUGH TO FILL THE REGIMENT COMPLETELY. SO THE BLACK VOLUNERTES CAME FROM ALL THE NORTHERN STATES AND SOME EVEN FROM OVER THE BORDER IN CANADA. JOE ZLNELER BELONGS TO THE 54TH, MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTARY REGIMENT COMPANAY ALL MEMBERS HAVE VOLUNTEERED THEIR TIME TO BRING THE HTORYIS TO LIFE BY RESEARCHING AND RECREATING THE EXPERIENCES OF REAL SOLDIERS AND HISTORICAL CHARACTERS TO ENLIST. ONE THING HAD NOT BEEN A FORMER SLAVE BECAUSE MOST OF THESE EARLY RECRUITS SACRIFICED CAREERS AND FAMILIES TO FIGHT, THEY FIGHT FOR RIGHTS FOR THOSE ENLAVED PEOPLE IN THE SOUTH. TO BE ALSO FREE FROM THE ENGAGEMENT OF SLAVERY TRUE TO HISTORY. THE CURRENT ISOT R NACIALLY EXCLUSIVE RETIRED ARMED UNIT. OFFICE THAT HANK TAKES GREAT PRIDE FROM HIS OFFICER ROLES IN THE REGIMENT. WE ARE STANDING ON SACRED GROUND HERE. IT IS THE BIRTHPLACE OF ONE OF THE GREATEST AMERICAN MILITARY STORIES EVER TOLD. ATTH VOLUNTEERS, INCLUDING QUARTERMASTER SERGEANT RGIEEG DUMAS, CONTINUE TO TELL US THAT DEAR HERE EVEN ME ON MARCHING GLORY. OH AND BACK TO THE 54TH REGIMENT. ELON BOSTON COMMON RESTORATION PROJECT IS NOW COMPLETE A RECONCESSION CEREMONY IS PLANNED FOR THE SPRING AND RETURN TO JOE BAGLEY’S AT BKOO IN DEDHAM BUILT ON 1641.

Explore Boston’s oldest buildings and remember the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment

We walk with the author of “Boston’s Oldest Buildings and Where to Find Them” and discover the untold stories of the people who make them up

Boston city archaeologist Joe Bagley is the author of “Boston’s Oldest Buildings and Where to Find Them”. His work documenting these buildings was featured in a Boston’s Preservation Alliance video which can be found here. One house featured in the book is the Shirley-Eustis House which has been awarded National and Boston Landmark status. This status extends to the structure across the street (part of Shirley Place) which may have served as a stable and is one of the few remaining structures in the state that would have housed slaves. Camp Meigs Playground in Hyde Park is maintained by the DCR as the location of historic Camp Meigs where the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment trained during the Civil War. The 54th was the first black regiment commissioned in the state and you can read about them as part of local history preserved by the Hyde Park Historical Society here. The current 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment Company A is a group of local individuals who carry on the legacy of the original 54th Regiment by marching and telling the stories of the soldiers who fought and died for their country and the freedom that he promised.

Boston city archaeologist Joe Bagley is the author of “Boston’s Oldest Buildings and Where to Find Them”. His work documenting these buildings was featured in a Boston Preservation Alliance video that can be found here.

One house featured in the book is the Shirley-Eustis House which has been granted National and Boston Landmark status. This status extends to the structure across the street (part of Shirley Place) which may have served as a stable and is one of the few remaining structures in the state that would have housed slaves.

Camp Meigs Playground in Hyde Park is maintained by the DCR as the location of historic Camp Meigs where the 54and Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment formed during the Civil War. The 54and was the first black regiment commissioned in the state and you can read about them as part of the local history preserved by the Hyde Park Historical Society here.

The current 54and Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment Company A is a group of local individuals who carry on the legacy of the original 54and regiment by marching and telling the stories of the soldiers who fought and died for their country and the freedom it promised.

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