17. END: Long Wharf

Street or Other Address: Beyond end of State Street

Nearest Corner: Near Long Wharf Marriott

Digital and Degree Coordinates: 42.358750,-71.052083; N42 21.525 W71 03.125

Finish: View Long Wharf. Construction of the wharf began around 1710. As originally built the wharf extended from the shoreline adjacent to Faneuil Hall and was one-third of a mile long, thrusting considerably farther than other wharves into deep water and thus allowing larger ships to tie up and unload directly to new warehouses and stores. "Constructed by Captain Oliver Noyes, it was lined with warehouses and served as the focus of Boston's great harbor." Over time the water areas surrounding the landward end of the wharf were reclaimed, including the areas now occupied by Quincy Market and the Customs House.  We can see back to the Old State House, site of the Boston Massacre that claimed the life of Crispus Attucks and see the slope back up to the North End, site of the earliest African American community in Boston, our first stop a couple of hours ago.