Beacon Hill, named after a light that was used to as a residential warning, is among Boston's longest-standing communities. Covering an area of around a mile, it has narrow rows of brick houses complete with lovely decorative ironwork and gas lamps, making it an attractive remnant of colonial-era Boston. Here you will find the African Meeting House – the first of its kind in the US – and the Massachusetts State House. Not only is Beacon Hill one of Boston’s most historic areas, it has also homed a whole host of literary figures, with Sylvia Plath, Robert Frost and Louisa May Alcott among the famed writers to have lived there.
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