The birthplace of the American Revolution, Boston is a city that is undoubtedly rich with history and culture. Today, countless tourists visit the city’s historical landmarks such as the Paul Revere House or the Old North Church – both of which are situated in the North End, Boston’s flagship old-world-style neighborhood. The North End is also where we call home here at Strega! Whether you’re in Boston for a day or the weekend, the North End neighborhood is a truly special area for a number of reasons – reasons which we will be discussing in today’s blog! If that sounds interesting, keep reading below for more!
Its Consequential History
As early as the 1630s, European settlers had established territory in what is the modern-day North End. By the midway point of the century, a church had been built called the North Meeting House, a building that served as the centerpiece of the North End neighborhood for centuries. North Square, a public area that remains to this day, also began to develop shortly thereafter.
Perhaps the neighborhood’s first notable resident, the influential clergyman Increase Mather had attracted many to the North End, specifically to the North Meeting House church, where he served as a minister. Mather’s house, among other buildings, caught fire in 1676, and at the site of his home, what would later be known as the Paul Revere House was constructed.
By the 18th century, the North End was possibly Boston’s premier neighborhood, thriving with bustling marketplaces, charming homes, and prominent residents. By the end of the 1700s, the North End would be the home of landmarks such as the Old North Church (then called Christ Church), as well as various events throughout the Revolutionary War.
A Special Present & Future
In a way, the North End can be best defined by its past. Some might say that visiting the North End almost feels like walking into a time machine. While countless other areas (or neighborhoods for that matter) have changed over the course of time, the North End remains constant, with its quaint residences, tight spaces, and colonial infrastructure. Very few neighborhoods in America look and feel quite like the North End, and although it may not be the most friendly to modern innovation, you can’t deny that the neighborhood has a character that is rarely seen here in America.
In the North End? Visit Us at Strega!
Whether you’re in the North End for a day, or perhaps in the city for a weekend, we’d love to see you here at Strega. Offering a delicious selection of food and drink, Strega is located on historic Hanover Street right here in the North End! Call us at 617-523-8481 to make a reservation today!