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Boston Historic Sites Hit by Gov’t. Shutdown

BOSTON (WGGB) — With the government shut down, the National Park Service has ceased operations, which means that many popular attractions are affected.

Historic sites in Boston including the the Bunker Hill Monument, the U.S.S. Constitution, Faneuil Hall Visitor’s Center, and the African Meeting House are all closed while Congress deals with their budget impasse.

Hours before they close the gate, visitors continue to mill around the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Unable to take full advantage of what it has to offer, since parts of it like the Visitor’s Center are closed,

Thanks to the government shutdown. “The visitor’s centers here and Faneuil Hall are closed, restrooms are closed, and you won’t be able to talk to a ranger, or get a map or free guided tour of the Freedom or Black Heritage Trail,” said Sean Hennessey, Public Affairs Officer for the National Park Service.

Unfortunately, Hennessey has heard this song a couple of times before, starting in 1995-1996 during the last shutdown. “The most recent event was in 2011, so we got a lot of the protocols and infrastructure in place. We know the drill. We got the signs up and ready. Each of us received a furlough letter which we signed. Today, after I speak to you, I’ll be on furlough for the duration of this shutdown,” he noted.

Not only will the workers be furloughed, the shutdown is creating a domino effect for the local economy that relies on the millions of dollars that the Navy Yard brings in each year.  “Those folks who stay at the hotels, and rent the cars, fly in through Logan International Airport to visit.  Obviously there will be an impact. The school groups who’ve made reservations, those are all cancelled, and they’ll have to be rescheduled,”said Hennessey.

The duck boats and trolleys will also have to just sail by, instead of docking.

Attractions like the Paul Revere House & Old State House are still open.

Even though Freedom Trail Tours guided by the National Parks Service are suspended, The Freedom Trail Foundation says it is still open to visitors.

Outside Boston, the Minute Man National Historic Park in Concord the Springfield Armory in Springfield are also among National Park Service sites closed.

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