Faneuil Hall was founded in 1742 by Peter Faneuil as a central marketplace for crops and livestock in downtown Boston. At first there was opposition to the new marketplace from farmers who feared a competitive “buyer’s market” would cut profits.
The famed “Golden Grasshopper” weathervane was placed atop Faneuil Hall in 1742. From this perch, the grasshopper has witnessed the remarkable growth of the city and over 260 years of American history in the making.
In 1761, a fire at Faneuil Hall damaged the grasshopper weathervane. Thomas Drowne, a blacksmith and the son of the grasshopper’s creator, repaired the weathervane and inserted a “time capsule” in its stomach. The capsule, which is engraved “Food for the Grasshopper,” includes historical newspapers, coins, and messages from mayors that have been added as the grasshopper has been periodically refurbished.
As England attempted to impose taxes on the colonies, Faneuil Hall emerged as an important meeting place, hosting the Sons of Liberty as they resisted the taxes and debated the important issues of the day.
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