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The Seven Principles of "Leave No Trace" provide an easily understood framework of minimum impact practices for anyone visiting the outdoors. Although Leave No Trace has its roots in backcountry settings, the Principles have been adapted so that they can be applied anywhere — from remote wilderness areas, to local parks and even in your own backyard.
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Historic Places in Massachusetts
Adams National Historical Park, Massachusetts135 Adams Street
Quincy, MA 02169
Phone: (617) 770-1175
Description: There is an off-site Visitors Center less than a mile away. Regularly scheduled tours of the houses are offered in season, April 19 to November 10, by guided tour only, using a tourist trolley provided by the Park Service between sites
Boston African American National Historic Site, Massachusetts15 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
Phone: (617) 742-5415
Description: Join us for a walk along the Black Heritage Trail® which explores the history of the African American community in 19th century Boston. Learn about the Underground Railroad, the abolition movement, and the early struggles for civil rights.
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, MassachusettsBoston Harber
Boston, MA 02109
Phone: (617) 223-8666
Description: Here is a place where you can walk a Civil War-era fort, visit historic lighthouses, explore tide pools, hike lush trails, camp under the stars, or relax while fishing, picnicking or swimming-all within reach of downtown Boston. Youth programs, visitor services, research, wildlife management, and more are coordinated on the park's 34 islands and peninsulas by the Boston Harbor Islands Partnership.
Boston National Historical Park, MassachusettsCharlestown Navy Yard
Boston , MA 02129
Phone: (617) 242-5601
Description: The Boston National Historical Park is an association of sites that showcase Boston's role in the American Revolution. It was designated a national park on October 1, 1974. Seven of the eight sites are connected by the Freedom Trail, a walking tour of downtown Boston.
Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park, Massachusetts, Rhode Island670 Linwood Ave
Whitinsville, MA 65738
Phone: (508) 234-4242
Description: National Heritage Corridor, which is not a unit of the National Park System, but the National Historical Park contains only a subset of the sites associated with that National Heritage Area. The Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor continues to exist independently of the National Historical Park.
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, Massachusetts99 Warren Street
Brookline, MA 02445
Phone: (617) 566-1689
Description: Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) is recognized as the founder of American landscape architecture and the nation's foremost parkmaker. Olmsted moved his home to suburban Boston in 1883 and established the world's first full-scale professional office for the practice of landscape design.
Freedom's Way National Heritage Area, Massachusetts and New HampshireMinute Man National Historical Park
North Bridge Visitor Center / Park Head Quarters
174 Liberty St
Concord, MA 01742
Phone: (978) 369-6993
Description: Encompassing 45 communities in North Central Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire, Freedom’s Way connects the people, places and communities of the National Heritage Area through preservation, conservation and educational initiatives to protect and promote the natural, historic and cultural resources of the region.
John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Massachusetts and Rhode Island670 Linwood Ave
Northbridge, MA 01588
Phone: (508) 234-4242
Description: The Blackstone River runs from Worcester, MA to Providence, RI. Its waters powered the Slater Mill in Pawtucket, RI, America's first successful cotton spinning mill. This creative spark began the nation's transformation from Farm to Factory. Today, the Blackstone River Valley is a special type of National Park - a living landscape containing thousands of natural and historic treasures.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site, Massachusetts83 Beals Street
Brookline, MA 02446
Phone: (617) 566-7937
Description: As a boy, JFK’s parents never expected he would grow up to be president. Yet in his birthplace home he learned values that inspired a life in public service. His mother, Rose Kennedy, recreated her family’s first home to share her memories of those early years with visitors.
The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor, Connecticut and Massachusetts203 B Main Street,
Danielson, CT 06239
Phone: (860) 774-3300
Description: Discover the beauty of The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor! Spanning 35 towns in northeastern Connecticut and south-central Massachusetts, The Last Green Valley is surprisingly rural and uniquely historic. With 1,100 square miles that are still 77% forests and farms, the pastoral landscape is interspersed with powerful rivers, mill villages, and vibrant town centers
Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site, Massachusetts105 Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617) 876-4491
Description: Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site preserves the home of Henry W. Longfellow, one of the world’s foremost 19th century poets. The house also served as headquarters for General George Washington during the Siege of Boston, July 1775 - April 1776. In addition to its rich history, the site offers unique opportunities to explore 19th century literature and arts.
Lowell National Historical Park, Massachusetts67 Kirk Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Phone: (978) 970-5000
Description: Lowell National Historical Park is a National Historical Park of the United States located in Lowell, Massachusetts. Established in 1978 a few years after Lowell Heritage State Park, it is operated by the National Park Service and comprises a group of different sites in and around the city of Lowell related to the era of textile manufacturing in the city during the Industrial Revolution.
Minute Man National Historical Park, Massachusetts174 Liberty St.
Concord, MA 01742
Phone: (978) 369-6993
Description: At Minute Man National Historical Park the opening battle of the Revolution is brought to life as visitors explore the battlefields and structures associated with April 19, 1775, and witness the American revolutionary spirit through the writings of the Concord authors.
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, Massachusetts33 William Street
New Bedford, MA 02740
Phone: (508) 996-4095
Description: "The town itself is perhaps the dearest place to live in, in all New England..nowhere in all America will you find more patrician-like houses, parks and gardens more opulent, than in New Bedford…all these brave houses and flowery gardens came from the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. One and all, they were harpooned and dragged up hither from the bottom of the sea."
Salem Maritime National Historic Site, Massachusetts160 Derby Street
Salem, MA 01970
Phone: (978) 740-1650
Description: The maritime history of Salem, Massachusetts stretches back nearly four hundred years. Today, you can explore that history at Salem Maritime National Historic Site through guided tours, exhibits, wayside signs, junior ranger programs, special events, and films.
Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site, Massachusetts244 Central St
Saugus, MA 01906
Phone: (781) 233-0050
Description: In the 1600's, on the banks of the Saugus River, something extraordinary happened. Explore the place where European iron makers brought their special skills to a young Massachusetts colony. This nine-acre National Park includes working waterwheels, forges, mills, an historic 17th century home, and a lush river basin.
Springfield Armory National Historic Site, MassachusettsOne Armory Square
Springfield, MO 65738
Phone: (413) 734-8551
Description: For nearly two centuries, the US Armed Forces and American industry looked to Springfield Armory for innovative engineering and superior firearms. Springfield Armory National Historic Site commemorates the critical role of the nation’s first armory by preserving and interpreting the world's largest historic US military small arms collection, along with historic archives, buildings, and landscapes
Upper Housantonic Valley National Heritage Area, Connecticut and Massachusetts24 Main Street
Salisbury,, CT 06068
Phone: (860) 435-9505
Description: The Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area is a federally designated National Heritage Area in the U.S. states of Connecticut and Massachusetts. The heritage area interprets and promotes the historical, cultural and scenic features of the upper Housatonic River valley in the western part of both states.