Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1710/00/00 Oliver Noyes Developer Captain Oliver Noyes and partners begin building Long Wharf
1738/07/03 John Singleton Copley Born Mary Singleton Copley, wife of tobacconist Richard Copley, gives birth to a son, John Singleton Copley. At one time, Mary Copley owned a tobacco shop on Long Wharf in Boston.
1760/00/00 John Hancock Buisness John Hancock operates a counting house in the Gardiner Building, built in the 1760s.
1766/05/16 John Hancock Ship Owner Brig Harrison arrives in Boston, belonging to John Hancock, Esq. Captain Shaubael Coffin in 6 Weeks and 2 Days from LONDON, with important News: His Majesty gives his Royal Assent to An ACT to REPEAL the Stamp Act. The Stamp Act
1770/00/00 British Regulars land in Boston to enforce the King's laws on the American Colonist
1773/11/29 Joseph Rotch and Sons Ship Owner The Dartmouth anchors off Long Wharf. "That worst of plagues, the detested tea, shipped for this port by the East India Company, is now arrived in this harbor" - Patriot handbill Boston Tea Party
1776/03/17 After failing to enforce His Majesty's laws, the British Navy evacuates 11,000 British troops and some 1,000 Loyalists from Boston and set sail to the safety of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Siege of Boston
1779/07/14 Col Jackson's regiment marches through the town to the Long wharf and embark on board the transports. The officers return to the Bunch of Grapes tavern on Boston-Neck where a liberal and elegant entertainment is provided. Penobscot Expedition
1796/01/03 Eliza Hopkins Poe Life Nine year old Eliza Arnold, the future mother of Edgar Allen Poe, arrives in Boston from England with her mother.
1804/10/09 Commanded by Captain Griffin, The LAURA from Gloucester is nearly beaten to pieces against Long Wharf, damaging her cargo. New England's Storm of October 1804
1819/10/23 Hiram Bingham I Member of the Pioneer Company Rev Dr Worcester offers a prayer and the gathering sings "Blest be the ties that Binds" and "When shall we meet again?" in celebration of the mission. The Missionaries take a barge from the USS Independence to their charter brig, Thaddeus.
1834/04/00 The Meteor, the first steam locomotive in Boston, arrives by ship from England, unloaded at Long Wharf and hauled through the streets by a large team of horses to the new depot of the Boston and Worcester Railroad. Birth of the American Railroads
1848/00/00 Historic buildings on Long Wharf include the granite block Custom House, which dates from 1848 and the Chart House, which dates from the 1830s and is representative of the earlier form of brick warehouses that occupied the wharf.
1871/00/00 Captain Lorenzo Baker of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, lands the first cargo of bananas in Boston at Long Wharf. Banana

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Particulars for Long Wharf and Customhouse Block:
Area of Significance Commerce
Historic Use Customhouse
Criteria Historic Event
Level of Significance National
Owner Private
Sight Category Structure
Historic Use Water Works
Historic Use Water-related

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 66000768
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: Noyes,Oliver
Architectural Style: No style listed
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Commerce
Applicable Criteria: Event
Period of Significance: 1850-1874, 1800-1824, 1825-1849
Significant Year: c 1800, 1848
Historic Function: Transportation, Industry, processing, extraction, Government
Historic Sub-Function: Water-related, Customhouse, Water works
Current Function: Transportation, Work in progress
Current Sub-Function: Water-related

Creative Works »

Lois the Witch (book) Novella Elizabeth Gaskell How could Lois help thinking of the past, and speculating on the future, as she sat on Boston pier, at this breathing-time of her life?

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