Built in 1718, this building stands on a plot of land that was once home to the religious reformer Anne Hutchinson, who was excommunicated and expelled from Boston in 1638 for heresy. In the 19th century, the brick building held the publishing house of Ticknor & Fields, which effectively made this the literary center of America. Publisher James “Jamie” Fields counted among his friends Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

To continue on the Freedom Trail: Turn right and walk 1 block.