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South Boston's History
On March 17, 1776 George Washington forced the British troops to evacuate from South Boston, at Dorchester Heights and the Fort of William and Mary (Fort Independence.) The fort still stands on Castle Island today.
In 1870 South Boston was defined separate from Dorchester.
One of South Boston’s most famous historical occurrences is that of the desegregation act busing students into Boston schools. South Boston natives were furious and were known to throw rocks at buses and scream while the children were bussed in. Although then, South Boston had a reputation, it is now becoming one of the nicer places to live in the Boston Area, due to new waterfront properties and luxury apartments being built.
In 1981, South Boston dedicated the first Vietnam War veterans’ memorial in the United States, located in Independence Square.
South Boston is also famous for its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. A large amount of South Boston natives are Irish, with small populations of Polish and Lithuanian communities, so the Parade is always a big event.
South Boston Neighborhoods:
- Andrew Square
- D Street
- City Point
- Fort Point
- South Boston Waterfront/ Seaport district
South Boston Attractions:
The Spirit of Boston provides boat cruises for all events and is located just outside South Boston in the Seaport District.
Castle Island is a beautiful waterfront park to visit. It is home to Fort Independence, where the American troops forced the British out of Boston in 1776. It is also great for walking, biking, fishing, and going to the beach.
Independence Square (M Street Park) is another one of South Boston’s historical sites. America’s first Vietnam War Veterans’ Memorial can be found here.
The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston is located on South Boston’s Waterfront.
Carson Beach is one of the best sandy beaches in the Boston Area, and has plenty of amenities and gorgeous views.
The World Trade Center Boston is a conference center for companies located in the beautiful Seaport Hotel. It is host to many exhibits and tradeshows.
Take a tour of Boston in its entirety with Old Town Trolley.
The Boston Children's Museum is a perfect place to take the little ones for education and entertainment.
South Boston is home to some of the best bars and restaurants that Boston has to offer.