Bunker Hill Monument
An enormous commemorative structure offering an insight into the country’s history.
A monument to the past
This gigantic granite obelisk was built to commemorate the famous Battle of Bunker Hill, which took place in 1775 during the American War of Independence. The legendary phrase “Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes!” was coined by one of the leaders of the colonists armies at this first large victory against the powerful British armies. Paradoxically, you won’t find this monument on the hill after which it is named, but rather on Breed’s Hill where the bulk of the fighting took place. The Bunker Hill Monument is 221 feet (67 metres) tall. It is part of the Boston National Historical Park and was built between 1827 and 1843. Discover the history of this legendary battle and plan your organised trip to the obelisk at http://www.nps.gov/bost/historyculture.