Boston's first public market, Faneuil Hall - adjacent to the site where Quincy Market now stands - was built in 1742, when the colony of Boston was still young. As a wholesale market, the building quickly became a gathering place for America's early citizens. But lots more than shopping took place at this site. It was here that patriots like Sam Adams gathered to thrill the crowds with their anti-England rhetoric, further fueling the spirit of freedom.
In the 1800s, Quincy Marketplace was added, providing more space for residents of the burgeoning city to shop. Designed by Alexander Parris, the market was built on landfill on a spot that was once a part of the harbor. Six new streets were added to accommodate the market traffic.
In the beginning, Quincy Market sold mostly produce, eggs, cheese, and bread. Meat vendors came shortly thereafter and butchering work was often done on site.
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