The common was established in 1634 as a communal grazing ground for cattle. It subsequently became a public park, the oldest in the country. In the year before the Revolutionary War, one thousand Redcoats camped here, and it was from here that the force marched on Lexington and Concord. Described as an idyllic park, the common was surrounded by mansions and once featured ornate swan boats in the pond before the Great War.
Situated south of the river in the center of downtown Boston, the Boston Common is a park consisting of a pond, bandstand, historical placards, and a statue. Swan's Pond is situated on the western side, complete with pre-War swan boats. Several roadways converge at the common, including Boylston, Tremont, and Essex Streets. Several signs warning of danger surround the pond from these approaching roadways.
Surrounding locations included the Massachusetts State House to the north, the Boylston Club on the outskirts to the south, the Prost bar, a basement bar on the north corner of the western row of buildings, and Park Street station, on the northeasternmost corner.
The Freedom Trail also begins at Boston Common. There is a non-hostile protectron named Tour Bot located on the eastern side of the common next to the fountain. In front of the fountain, there is a sign and a seal. The sign reads, "At Journey's End Follow Freedom's Lantern," and the seal reads "The Freedom Trail. Boston." The number 7 is written in the center with red ink, and the letter A in Trail is bracketed.
- Grognak the Barbarian issue #6 - On the ground in the gazebo at the center of the common next to a skeleton and several radiation barrels.
- Road to Freedom: The Sole Survivor has heard of a group that aims to take on the Institute and only has the clue, "Follow the Freedom Trail." To find the Railroad, they have to start at Boston Common.
|Cait||"" the Common. Just sayin'.|
|Curie||"Boston Common. Can we explore?"|
|Deacon||"The Common looks peaceful, but no one sane goes inside."|
Boston Common appears only in Fallout 4.
Behind the scenes
Boston Common is based on the real world Boston Common, likewise known as "the Common," a central public park in downtown Boston, Massachusetts that serves as the southern end of the Freedom Trail. The real world Parkman Bandstand can also be seen in-game.
- Codsworth: "Ah, the Boston Public Garden. And some of the swan boats are still intact."
- Boston Common placard: "Established in 1634, Boston Common started as a communal grazing ground for cattle until it was made a public park (the oldest in the country). In the year before the Revolutionary War, a thousand Redcoats camped on the Common. The Redcoat brigades that marched on Lexington and Concord departed this very ground."
- Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p. 470: "ZONE 14: NEIGHBORHOOD: BOSTON COMMON"
"The Freedom Trail starts here! Visit this once-idyllic park surrounded by ancient architectural prewar mansions and the remains of the State House, but be warned; there are numerous signs recommending you stay away from the pond at the park's west end. Perhaps it's better to start investigating the thin red line still visible along much of the sidewalks, a trail leading you through some of the most famous historical structures still (partly) standing. Surrounded by five other neighborhoods, Boston Common is at the nexus of the city south of the river."
- Fallout 4 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p. 470: "14.03 SWAN'S POND"
"The focal point of the Boston Common neighborhood since the early 1600s, the pond once featured ornate swan boats for visitors and citizens to take for a trip. This location is highly dangerous; even Raiders avoid the Common. Be sure to search the boathouse for five notes to understand more. Look for warnings about Swan's Pond around Boston Common."
- Street signs at Boston Common