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Meet Ted Clark of Hub Town Tours in Downtown Boston, North End, and Charlestown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ted Clark.

Ted, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I moved to Boston in 2013 upon graduation from Bowdoin College in Maine, where I had studied U.S. History, Archaeology, and Teaching. I was fortunate enough to gain a toehold in Boston’s competitive museum industry, first as an Outreach Educator for the Paul Revere House and later as the Visitor Services Manager for Old South Meeting House. With these two positions at Freedom Trail® historic landmarks under my belt, I next became a Park Ranger for Boston National Historical Park, which interprets Historic Faneuil Hall and the Revolutionary history of Bunker/Breed’s Hill in Charlestown for thousands of visitors annually.

After two years with the National Park Service (and a comfortable understanding of the Freedom Trail® from end-to-end), I launched Hub Town Tours toward the end of 2016, with the goal of leading as many historical walking tours as my voice could manage. Thankfully, my voice is still intact, and my “job” combines all the things I love: explaining history; exploring outdoors; and experiencing the streets of Old Boston and Charlestown!

Has it been a smooth road?
When you launch a company, it always takes a while before folks have a clue you even exist! Boston’s tourism market is obviously packed with countless options, from park rangers to tour trolleys to guides in colonial garb. In such a crowded field, it can be hard to stand out as a lone tour guide (even if you think your straw hat looks cool).

Fortunately, I am blessed with a wonderful family, true friends, and amazing colleagues in the industry, who have supported me every step of the way. Whether joining me for a tour in the snow, taking pictures for my website, or referring me to other friends, this broad support system is why Hub Town Tours has succeeded, and grown. After laying the foundations and building a public reputation in 2017, I am extremely excited to see what 2018 will bring!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Hub Town Tours – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Two central pillars of my vision for Hub Town Tours are the importance of history and the power of storytelling. Using the Freedom Trail® historic landmarks as my backdrop, I attempt to faithfully describe the complex people on both sides of the Liberty versus Loyalty argument in the 1760s and early 1770s. By sharing a balanced view of this tumultuous period that rocked the Town of Boston, I hope to provide a comprehensive understanding of the American Revolution that would eventually emerge in 1775.

To that end, I composed four unique “tour chapters” framed around well- and lesser-known Sons of Liberty. In order, they are The James Otis (1761–1768); The Samuel Adams (1768–1773); The Paul Revere (1773–1775); and our newest addition, The Joseph Warren (1775–1780) tour of Charlestown. Combined, these four chapters cover the entirety of the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail®, from Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I’m pretty biased as a walking tour operator, but Boston’s walkability is what stands out for me. New Boston may be a world-class modern city today, yet it all began on a small, 450-acre peninsula that takes no more than 20 minutes to traverse on foot. Despite generations of made land and annexation, this original town footprint means Old Boston is an extremely accessible outdoor classroom, brimming with truly spectacular history.

Perhaps the most unfortunate aspect of this city is also one of its strengths: New Boston is way too popular! Whether it’s school field trips in the spring, tourists in the summer, or cruise ships in the fall, the Freedom Trail® has simply exploded in popularity in recent years. I routinely see tour groups overflowing with 100+ people, all struggling to hear a lone tour guide speak over the din of traffic and construction and crowds. To address this problem, I’ve made Hub Town Tours available only via individual request, to ensure an intimate guided experience no matter how busy Boston gets.

Pricing:

  • Tour pricing is based on party size and tour duration (ranging from 1 to 6+ hours)
  • Large groups (11+ guests) should contact Hub Town Tours directly
  • Customizable private tours are available, starting at $100
  • Active military and children ages 0–4 are always free

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